Child Car Seats – they’re not for fun!

Today I saw something horrifying. Unfortunately it’s not the first time I have seen something like this, and it won’t be the last. But today I did something about it.

What did I see?

I was on the way to collect the older 2 children from school. There was a bit of traffic upon approaching the traffic lights, where there are three lanes. One goes left, one straight on and one right. I got in the right hand lane. A car from the middle lane nipped in front of me. Nothing unusual there really.

I was sat at the lights, behind this car waiting for them to go green. That’s when I saw it. That’s when I saw something that horrified me.

In the car was a male driver and a female passenger. There was also a baby – no older than one year. The baby was on the lap of the passenger. Unrestrained. Wriggling around. I could clearly see her squirming around, trying to get out of the arms she was held in.

I always keep pen and paper in the car. I quickly grabbed it out of the door pocket and wrote down the colour, make, model and registration of the car in front.

The lights turned green. Then the male driver did something else that made my blood boil. He had clearly got in my lane to try and avoid the traffic queue for those going straight across. He cut up cars to shove his way in to the lane to go straight ahead, instead of turning right. All of this with an unrestrained baby in the front of the car!!

As soon as I got the the school I tweeted out asking for help. Can I report it? Who do I report it to?

I was advised to call the non-emergency 101 number and report it, which I did. I was advised as it had happened 20min before being reported, they may not be able to find the vehicle, but at least they were aware, had the details and hopefully the car would be flagged by the police.

I cannot fathom why any parent would not put their baby in a car seat. They are not that expensive. They are not voluntary. They are a necessity. They are a legal requirement. They will and do save lives.

Every year 2 million children face injury or death because parents have not fitted their car safety seat correctly, and according to experts, a collision of just 5mph can kill an unrestrained child in a car*.

So why do it? Why out your child in a position that is potentially harmful for them? And THEN to drive recklessly as well.

In some middle eastern countries it is normal to fill up your car and not use seat belts or car seats for children – but this is NOT a third world country.

The law is there to protect us. Protect our children. So for goodness sake – put your child in a correctly fitted car seat and PLEASE, if you see anyone driving with a baby or child not in car seat then report them. You could save that child’s life!

*statistics from ChildAlert.co.uk

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6 Comments

  1. September 26, 2013 / 9:38 pm

    Then makes my blood boil too! So glad you reported it, also handy to know what to do if I see it again, which no doubt I will :-/

  2. September 27, 2013 / 10:55 am

    This is one of my biggest hate! There is a little boy, the eldest of 3, in my 8yr olds class and every morning their mother drives them to school and none of the children are EVER strapped in! During the summer she drove past me with her eleest unrestrained on the front passenger seat and her youngest, a toddler, STOOD on the car seat! I went home and gave the police all the details, including where she lived, their last name and car details, to the police. I know of other parents who have said something to her, but she claims they just unstrap themselves, and even now they travel unrestrained! This weekend they’re moving to a city, away from our rural seaside town, and I really hope she learns to strap them in! My kids know, if they’re not strapped in, my car doesn’t move!

  3. September 27, 2013 / 11:37 pm

    I just can’t understand a parent’s mentality who doesn’t strap their kids in. My mother knew quite a few people who lost children because when she was a young mother there was no law about car seats. Now we all know better.

  4. Cathie B
    September 28, 2013 / 8:38 am

    You did exactly the right thing. The police can track the car through their records if they have the index. When Lucas was a few weeks old, I attended the dr’s surgery for a check up and got talking to another new mum. I’d brought a load of SMA Gold for Lucas who couldn’t take to it and I mentioned it to her and said that she could have ours if her child was using this brand. I explained that it was one unopened tub and one that was opened but only the equivalent of a bottle taken from it. She wanted them. When she came to collect it from me, her husband/partner was driving and she was sat in the back seat with the baby in her lap (baby was probably a month old max!!!). I refused to give her the formula – couldn’t think of anything else to say/do and openly wrote down their index and told them I was reporting them. I was fuming – a neighbour came out to see whether I was OK coz I was shouting at them…………. Not sure what happened re: the police but at least they knew my feelings on the matter. Great post #PoCoLo

  5. September 28, 2013 / 5:55 pm

    This is absolutely preposterous – it’s bad enough putting anyone at risk but a child who can’t speak or stand up for itself is disgusting. I hope that person gets caught without doing any damage to anyone. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  6. September 28, 2013 / 6:17 pm

    Oh, don’t even get me started on this matter.
    Why? Why the heck are some parents so irresponsible?
    I remember when Thomas was little, he once tried getting out of his car seat by squeezing his arms under the belts. So I stopped the car and (like a mad woman) screamed about how dangerous it is etc and he has never done it since!