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To be shocked and disgusted at what I've just watched on BBC1 'Motorway Cops'

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cushioncover Thu 18-Sep-08 20:28:59

Just watched a police car stop a family. They had two children in the back, a 10mth old and a 4yr old. Neither the children nor the adults had seat belt on. Neither child was in a child seat.

He was cautioned and told he would receive a summons BUT he was then allowed to carry on his journey on the M6 with the kids in the back without car seat probably without even being strapped in. angry shock

Surely this cannot be responsible policing? Imagine an accident at 70mph where nobody including a baby and toddler are strapped in.
I know it's TV but this isn't fiction and I trully am upset and angry at this.

sweetkitty Thu 18-Sep-08 20:30:16

shock and angry some people are idiots

bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 18-Sep-08 20:30:33

sadly totally legal although I agree with you it is IMO very very wrong.

cushioncover Thu 18-Sep-08 20:38:38

What pisses meoff is that if he'd had noinsurance or tax disc they would have confiscated the car and taken them off the motorway but hey, all he was doing was endangering the lives of two innocent kids.angry

Nbg Thu 18-Sep-08 20:41:48

Dha dn I recently went to London on a coach and I was absolutely gobsmacked at the amount of cars we passed with children not in car seats and babies and toddlers climbing all over their parents knees in the front of the car.

cushioncover Thu 18-Sep-08 20:49:07

So its perfectly legal? shock

bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 18-Sep-08 20:51:20

if you can claim that it is not a usual journey and there are no car seats available I believe it is not illegal

will hunt for link to new stupid law!

LucyJ0rdan Thu 18-Sep-08 20:52:16

I saw a couple today get into their car with their dd who was around same age as my dd about 2.5 ,she got in the back with her mother and the father started driving off with lo stood in between front seats angry.

bythepowerofgreyskull Thu 18-Sep-08 20:52:52

here I am wrong about the 10 month old but the 4 year old could be covered by the exceptions in the second example on the link.

sammybeth Thu 18-Sep-08 20:53:23

OMG thats terrible i wont let my two age 2 & 5 in any car without car seats.

barnsleybelle Thu 18-Sep-08 21:01:45

No disrespect to any police mnetters but at the end of the day i don't think they are really that concerned with safety. It's all about making money... as the op said, a summons was given only. who cares wether the kids get hurt as long as a bit more cash is made.

It's the same with speed cameras. If the idea was simply to slow people down for safety then why hide so many of them... they want you to speed so they can discreetly catch you and make money...

barnsleybelle Thu 18-Sep-08 21:03:32

Sorry about my rant but it makes my blood boil... My kids don't get in a car without seats and boosters..

hifi Thu 18-Sep-08 21:08:13

he didnt even have a licence! its also sad to see all the other idiots on the motorway, thar bloke going the wrong way. wtf?

falcon Thu 18-Sep-08 21:09:50

I wanted to slap that 18 year old.angry

falcon Thu 18-Sep-08 21:10:21

I missed the people with the kids who weren't properly restrained, I presume that was at the beginning?

CrushWithEyeliner Thu 18-Sep-08 21:11:00

omg that is shocking

WouldYouCouldYouWithAGoat Thu 18-Sep-08 21:13:20

stop watching - my god it literally is car crash tv. get a hobby, a book, stare into space just don't watch that shite

FluffyMummy123 Thu 18-Sep-08 21:13:47

Message withdrawn

ScottishMummy Thu 18-Sep-08 21:19:26

im more shocked at watching economic meltdown than a numnut in a car

cushioncover Thu 18-Sep-08 21:32:49

SM, I hear about the economic meltdown every night as DH is a lawyer for an investment bank.
I just don't think it's acceptable to allow an irresponsible father to continue to put his children's lives in danger.

sherby Thu 18-Sep-08 21:35:11

lol at cod that mag saying get over it

ScottishMummy Thu 18-Sep-08 21:37:44

nope not on my radar

UniversallyChallenged Thu 18-Sep-08 21:41:19

yeah sherby - side splitting hmm

sherby Thu 18-Sep-08 21:43:12

[whispers] its called sarcasm

cushioncover Thu 18-Sep-08 21:52:11

Fine!
I don't think it's acceptable. If you disagree, fine. No point trying to tell me there are more important things to be getting worked up about hmm

I think it was an unacceptable and irresponsible course of action (by the police) If you think IBU, say so but don't trivialise it.

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