OPINION: New Car Seat Penalties Sure To Change Behavior

I am the father of three and, although all are now adults, I remember with great clarity that from their individual births up until their somewhat ambiguous date of independence, I took great care of them. I always made sure that they were adequately fed, cleaned and clothed. In the colder months, I kept them warm and in the hotter months I kept them comfortable. When illness or injury happened upon them, I got them to the proper professionals: doctors, dentists, etc. And to the very best of my abilities, I worked to give the best educational opportunities I could afford.

But, like most parents, I didn’t give a damn about them when it came to keeping them safe inside of my car.

That is why I am so pleased to see The Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee of NJ vote to increase the penalties to parents for not having their children restrained in the proper car seats.

The current $10 to $25 penalties are well within my means to pay, so having a bloodied or broken child buffeted around inside of my car didn’t really matter much to me. But when those penalties are raised to $250 to $500… well, that certainly would do much to change my behavior as a parent. I am so thankful that our wise leaders understand that parents and guardians would so casually and thoughtlessly put their child passengers in danger were it not for hefty fines.

Bravo, you sensitive bunch of bureaucrats! Bravo!

Vince Dowdle
Philadelphia, Pa.

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