Vent: I absolutely HATE stupidity! Not ignorance.....STUPIDITY!! - page 2

5-month-old baby sent from the clinic 10 miles away for a respiratory workup. Baby arrived in an infant carrier with a heavy furry blanket over him. Remove that blanket and find Baby resting on top... Read More

  1. by   sissyboo
    There are several people in my area who still don't go with the carseat laws. I'm not afraid of my driving, but I'm definitely afraid of who else may be on the road!!...Even people who aren't even "old" do not follow the laws. I never remember sitting in a carseat (i am 19). My grandmother held me in her arms on the way home from the hospital and my parents STILL (even with all the carseat laws being clearly enforced right now) don't think carseats are really a necessity, just an option.

    I hear nurses are supposed to escort parents with infants to their cars and explain/demonstrate proper carseat installation. I'm not sure how and where that applies (varies by state and/or hospital?). But during my clinical (CNA) I took mother/baby to their vehicle (carseat was in the car and securely in place), but I can't help but wonder if I was wrong in my action? I never checked hospital policy....
  2. by   Jelli_Belli
    I completly agree with the law requiring parents to safely secure their children in a vehicle. Any child under 18 in a car should be required.
    I don't, however, agree with adult seat belt laws. I think they are just another case of laws overstepping their bounds. Now mind you, I am fanatical about wearing my seat belt and I won't start the car unless everyone with me is buckled up. That said, I also don't believe that the police or any other goverment body has the right to "make" me. If people choose to endanger their own lives in their own vehicle that is their right, they just don't have the right to endanger their children's.
    As far as saving stupid people's lives, I'm all for a little Darwinistic thinning of the gene pool. There are far to many of them running around as it is(j\k).
  3. by   TazziRN
    Quote from Jelli_Belli
    I don't, however, agree with adult seat belt laws. I think they are just another case of laws overstepping their bounds. Now mind you, I am fanatical about wearing my seat belt and I won't start the car unless everyone with me is buckled up. That said, I also don't believe that the police or any other goverment body has the right to "make" me. If people choose to endanger their own lives in their own vehicle that is their right.
    I'll remember that the next time I go to the cemetery to visit my brother's grave.
  4. by   hogan4736
    you are all right on this carseat thing...

    take it even further...next time you ship your (infant/toddler) patient to another hospital by ground ambulance, PLEASE ensure the ambulance crew safely uses proper child restraints in the back of the ambulance...

    those of us in the ER have seen the medic place the toddler on mom's lap...

    speak out and stop THIS stupidity, as it often goes unnoticed, but it really is the same stupidity...
  5. by   clemmm78
    Oh, I've got a good one for you.

    I was going down the highway where people often go well over the 100km/hour speed limit. In front of me was a car with a sunroof. How did I know it had a sunroof? Because there was a kid standing there, with his/her head poking out.
  6. by   TazziRN
    Quote from clemmm78
    Oh, I've got a good one for you.

    I was going down the highway where people often go well over the 100km/hour speed limit. In front of me was a car with a sunroof. How did I know it had a sunroof? Because there was a kid standing there, with his/her head poking out.
    I've seen that!!! I saw a limo once, with a bunch of prom goers, and a girl popped her head out through the sunroof when the driver turned into a restaurant parking lot!!
  7. by   JenTheRN
    Actually in Michigan, the law states you CAN take your baby out of the carseat to nurse while someone is driving. Not saying it's smart, but it's not against the law.
  8. by   TazziRN
    That's sad. In CA you canNOT remove Baby from the seat for any reason while the vehicle is in motion.
  9. by   BKRN
    Quote from Jelli_Belli
    I completly agree with the law requiring parents to safely secure their children in a vehicle. Any child under 18 in a car should be required.
    I don't, however, agree with adult seat belt laws. I think they are just another case of laws overstepping their bounds. Now mind you, I am fanatical about wearing my seat belt and I won't start the car unless everyone with me is buckled up. That said, I also don't believe that the police or any other goverment body has the right to "make" me. If people choose to endanger their own lives in their own vehicle that is their right, they just don't have the right to endanger their children's.
    As far as saving stupid people's lives, I'm all for a little Darwinistic thinning of the gene pool. There are far to many of them running around as it is(j\k).
    I am also a avid seatbelt wearer. I don't understand how wearing your seatbelt can be enforced yet, some states do not require motorcyclist to wear helmets.
  10. by   UM Review RN
    Quote from bklpn
    I am also a avid seatbelt wearer. I don't understand how wearing your seatbelt can be enforced yet, some states do not require motorcyclist to wear helmets.

    Florida is one of them.

    I try very hard to stay away from motorcycles, especially if the riders are not wearing helmets. I realize that the riders might have the "right" to splatter their brains all over the pavement, I just would rather they didn't do it in front of my car.
  11. by   mercyteapot
    Quote from GardenDove
    Cellphone use in the car is also very stupid. Eating McDonalds food is proven to be damaging to ones health. Didn't you see Supersize Me? These are all risky, stupid activities.
    I am all for banning cell phone use in the car. To me, regulation of what people goes too far, because really, as long as one eats an otherwise healthy diet, an occasional splurge at McDonald's can't kill them. One trip in the car without the seatbelt can.

    I know you're not the one who mentioned government overstepping its bounds, but I'm going to combine my thoughts about that into this post. If the government can license drivers, require car registration, and maintain the roads (I know they don't always do a great job in this regard, but it is their charge), then IMHO they can always mandate safety requirements within that car.
  12. by   Katnip
    Quote from Jelli_Belli
    I completly agree with the law requiring parents to safely secure their children in a vehicle. Any child under 18 in a car should be required.
    I don't, however, agree with adult seat belt laws. I think they are just another case of laws overstepping their bounds. Now mind you, I am fanatical about wearing my seat belt and I won't start the car unless everyone with me is buckled up. That said, I also don't believe that the police or any other goverment body has the right to "make" me. If people choose to endanger their own lives in their own vehicle that is their right, they just don't have the right to endanger their children's.
    As far as saving stupid people's lives, I'm all for a little Darwinistic thinning of the gene pool. There are far to many of them running around as it is(j\k).
    When someone dies or is disabled in a collision, it's not just the victim who is affected.
  13. by   meownsmile
    I think when you get a reaction like that is when you take down the tag number on the vehicle as you help them back into the car and call the police when you get back near a phone. At least you know you have done your job and reported a child in an unsafe situation. It comes close to abuse, not far from leaving a child unattended at home or in a vehicle. So i guess you could say if you wanted to get REALLY technical, we would be mandated to report a parent not using proper restraints with an infant that cannot protect itself.

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