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to expect a young baby to be driven in acar in a car seat!!!!

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hitchcock · 12/04/2007 16:04

just come home and saw the most unbelivable thing! car with 4 kids in the back off it 1 passagenger in the front on her lap HOLDING on to the car seat that had a young baby in it .!!!!

the baby had no seat belt round it so it would have been seriously hurt if there had been a crash and as for the kids in the back not one of them had a bloody seat belt on.

thought it was law now that any child under 11 had to be in a boster seat and straped in???

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clairemow · 12/04/2007 16:06

Bloody hell, that's APPALLING. Totally and utterly illegal and extremely dangerous.

Not sure what you can actually do in a situation like this apart from hope a) they get seen by a policecar and b) they actually get where they're going in one piece.


hitchcock · 12/04/2007 16:07

so not just me then who cant belive that a woman couldd do that!

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Manictigger · 12/04/2007 16:08

Nope, you're right, it's all illegal but then the driver prob had no licence, tax or insurance either, those idiots never do have (have been watching too many of those progs with Jaimie Theakston voiceovers.....)


LIZS · 12/04/2007 16:09

No point in spending money on car seats unless you are intending to use them properly.


IdreamofClooney · 12/04/2007 16:09

I would have taken the registration number and reported them to the police!

That is shocking. There is no point in hold a car seat in your arms - unless it is properly secured it will just go flying inthe event of a crash.

I really cannot believe that anyone could be so irresponsible with a child;s safety.

Makes me MAD grrrrrr


clairemow · 12/04/2007 16:10

no. did they look distressed, like someone was badly injured or something? But in that situation I'd call an ambulance rather than put more people at risk.


hitchcock · 12/04/2007 16:12

no there was no reason in the world that yuou can give a real damm good reason for doing it..... if had had time i would have got the reg no and iWOULD have reported them to the police no question on that.

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princesscc · 12/04/2007 16:12

I've said it once and I'll say it again, the only thing that will stop people like this acting so irresponsibly is when one of the kids goes through the windscreen [Full Stop]!


luckylady74 · 12/04/2007 16:14

it is the law but i see this all the time in my area - the adults with their belts on really annoy mme too - children don't count - i think some cultures think it's not macho [it was the case my dh saidwhen he lived abroad] and some people appply the i didn't when iwas a child arguments. they are all twonks!


hitchcock · 12/04/2007 16:14

last yr not to far away from me 4 children aged 5-16 were killed because they went through the w/creen the mother of 2 of the children went to jail for 8 yrs (i think) she was driving!!

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3andnomore · 12/04/2007 16:16

Clairmow...didn't really get your post, sorry!

To OP...grrr...people that are that irresponsible do make me mad.
I really don't understand why p[eople think that if you only do it as a once off or whatever that amkes it alright then...bloody no good though if that once is also that once you have a accident!

Must say, I rather would refuse a lift then travelling unsafe...however, I also realise that without knowing the whole situation, it's difficult to judge why they did it...but I know plenty of people who do this and don't think nothing wrong with it etc...


PinkTulips · 12/04/2007 16:17

sawe a couple leaving the hospital with a baby and 2 older kids, mom holding the newborn on her lap and neither older kids strapped in

also saw a man pulling in at the shop with the carseat facing the wrond way and not belted in!


hitchcock · 12/04/2007 16:19

the most important cargo that you will ever carry in your car.....and you do strap them in ...... ....

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clairemow · 12/04/2007 16:22

3andnomore, I was just trying to think if there was ever any situation when carrying a baby like that might be acceptable (or having that many other children in the back - who can't have been strapped in). The only thing I could think of was if someone in the car was badly injured and they were going to hospital, but then I thought no, you would call an ambulance in that situation.

I was really responding to hitchcock's second post, but there were other posts in between so it looked like my "no" was in response to her q. that wasn't it law now that children had to be strapped in. Look at my original post - first response to hitchcock.

Ramble, ramble, explaining myself v. badly!!!


IdreamofClooney · 12/04/2007 16:22

I would NEVER take DS in a car without a proper car seat.

People often look at me like I'm nuts when I refuse a lift (I don;t have a car) but I would rather walk ten miles in the pouring rain pushing my buggy than accept a lift with no car seat (perhaps I am nuts)

I jsut cannot understand why people would do that, even when DS was very ill and I had to take him to the out of hours doctor I made sure that the car seat was properly strapped into the taxi


Upwind · 12/04/2007 16:23

Not something I would do myself but having lived in developing countries where you can see five children clinging to a motorbike, back of a trailer, etc. It is hard to get upset about it.

Sure it is dangerous but so is walking alongside a busy road or having potentially lethal medicines and cleaning products in a house with children.


Pixiefish · 12/04/2007 16:23

But they're probably really good drivers and nothing like a crash would ever happen to them

I AM being sarcastic btw


3andnomore · 12/04/2007 16:23

lol clairemow, now it makes


kks · 12/04/2007 16:26

Well my parners parents live 2 roads away so i have had baby on lap as a pasenger before. He going like 5 mph, would never do it if driving somewhere other then that.


nearlythere · 12/04/2007 16:31

people who act like this aren't responsible enough to have kids! mind you just think, even if the kids were in car seats they would probably have been bought at a boot sale, not fitted correctly and possibly have damage to them!!!


3andnomore · 12/04/2007 16:33

kks, hm...doesn't amtter though how slow you drive or how close you live....if someone drives into you at high speed , how slow you went won't really come into that so much
I personally think it's NOT worth the risk...if you live that near,then there is no need to use the car if you don't have the seat, surely?


kks · 12/04/2007 16:33

Why would they be bought at a bootsale?


3andnomore · 12/04/2007 16:35

kks, I think nearly there just made a generalisation of "those kind of people"


kks · 12/04/2007 16:36

I know theres no excuse is there .


kks · 12/04/2007 16:36

Do u mean skanks?

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