Vent: I absolutely HATE stupidity! Not ignorance.....STUPIDITY!! - page 7

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   VivaLasViejas
    Quote from P_RN
    Our state has mandatory seatbelt use, mandatory lights on when it's raining, but NO helmet law.When I worked vocational rehab I saw first hand what the no helmet law led to.....chi, blindness, quadraplegia, deafness, loss of intellect, loss of reason.....not that these don't happen to those who ride other vehicles, it's just what I saw.

    Last week heading to the county seat to get car tags, pickup truck riding my bumper, woman on cell phone, ciggy in other hand, 6 yr old sized kid walking across the seat. Driver decides to pass me, double yellow lines, on hill, on a bridge leading to a curve. I see 3 cars heading my way......I pull way over to the shoulder. The 3 cars pull way over to their right....One almost hits the bridge rail. Pickup woman gives me the bird, blows her horn and speeds up. I call *HP (our trooper line) and they ask if I got the plate number-I said no but it's the Florida truck with a ______ driving it. About 20 mi later Miss thing is pulled over, 3 cars blue lights flashing and an EMT unit. Oh it could have ended so much worse. I hope she was jailed, but probably got a magistrates date-as if she would show up. STUPIDITY!!!

    Didn't that make you just want to pull over, yank her out of the window by the hair, and slap the snot out of her??!!:angryfire If I had my way, stupidity would be made a felony and people like that would be doing 5 to Life in the state pen.

    I'm glad you at least got the satisfaction of siccing the cops on her and seeing her get stopped. I don't know about the laws where you are, but here in Oregon, Miss Thing would at the very least have been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, tailgating, aggressive driving, and maybe even child abuse (for smoking in the vehicle). Stupid woman.........I hope they threw the book at her.
  2. by   P_RN
    Me too Marla, me too. I checked the police logs in the paper that usually have stuff like that listed but so far not there. SC was one of the first states to have both a CB number -years ago- and a cell phone number to call the State Troopers. I've done it several times and they usually call back and thank me.
  3. by   prinsessa
    I am confused by the one-on-one education that "medicaide moms" usually get. I was a medicaid mom once upon a time and I never got any special education. Is this usually done while the woman is pregnant? Is it done at the hospital? I'm curious because I have never heard of this. I have heard of police departments having special days where experts install carseats for parents.
  4. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from TazziRN
    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 of another one....with the seat's safety straps under that! After eval and treatment, as part of his discharge, I spoke with mom via an interpreter about the carrier and the child safety seat law. First the mom lies and says that she put the blanket under Baby when they got to the hospital. I confronted her on that and she just laughed. When I asked her if she knew what the law was, she was able to recite it. Her brother drove her and Baby to the ER and he tried to excuse it by saying "I'm a very safe driver."

    I am so tired of the stupidity, and stupidity is just what it is. Just around Thanksgiving there was an SUV rollover, with a 2-month-old ejected and killed. Two older kids in the car were badly injured, as well as the grandma. The baby's mom was driving down the freeway, Grandma was in the back seat changing baby's diaper, and the two older kids were in seats but improperly restrained.

    There is no excuse for this....in this county all medicaid moms who get prenatal care go through a program and get free strollers and carseats, and they're taught how to use those carseats.

    How many more children have to die before this stops???
    I think you are mandated, by law, to hotline her, are you not? As much as I think government is too nosy, I think you are required by law to report her.
  5. by   TazziRN
    Quote from prinsessa
    I am confused by the one-on-one education that "medicaide moms" usually get. I was a medicaid mom once upon a time and I never got any special education. Is this usually done while the woman is pregnant? Is it done at the hospital? I'm curious because I have never heard of this. I have heard of police departments having special days where experts install carseats for parents.
    In my county, the clinics have prenatal programs for medicaid moms to learn about pregnancy, birth, baby care, etc. At the end of the successful completion of the program, the moms get a carseat/stroller system and are taught how to use the seats. The program is not open to those of us who are privately insured.

    "I think you are mandated, by law, to hotline her, are you not? As much as I think government is too nosy, I think you are required by law to report her"

    I cannot report someone for something that happened before, only if she were to leave in the same manner. I can flag her for a social services referral to check on her, which we did.
  6. by   tattooednursie
    You would think people would treat their infants as if they meant something to them. I have seen very young children in cars improperly restrained. I would feel like crap if I LET that happen to my children.
  7. by   Lovely RN
    It burns me up when I am driving and a see a parent with a child in their lap while driving.
  8. by   ktwlpn
    QUOTE>>>>.The OP stated that she referred to Medicaid moms because they are an example of a group that gets documented 1:1 education and still can have problems. Other people can use the excuse that they were never shown the correct way to install/use/fasten the seats, but even when this is done, parents don't always do it right.
    Why does the mention of Medicaid automatically bring up race? Doesn't that carry a certain amount of bias to assume that Medicaid makes it racial?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Again I'll try to point out that I am speaking about race AND socio-economic status and when I have time to sit and search I'll find some stats to prove my point and again I'll state that THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCUSE...NONE........Not properly restraining your child in an approved car seat is negligence. If the child is injured or killed as a result it should be MURDER-no matter what color your skin is or how much money you make..NO EXCUSES.
  9. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from TazziRN
    I cannot report someone for something that happened before, only if she were to leave in the same manner. I can flag her for a social services referral to check on her, which we did.


    :uhoh21: :uhoh21: :uhoh21: TazziRN, I am really confused now. I know you can't report something BEFORE it happens.
  10. by   prowlingMA
    To comment on Hitmans posting- a distant family member of mone was killed in an accident with a semi trailer when it did not have enough braking time. They were in the opposite land and the semi had to slam on its brake because of an idiot in front of them, the trailer swerves into the other lane and they colided. The husband was rescued but the wife died on the scene, while our other family members were in a car behind them.
    Give semis room on all sides!!! It could save your life.
  11. by   burn out
    At our local hospital when ny daughter had her baby last year before the baby could be brought home she had to take her car seat up to the nursery to have it inspected before the baby could be discharged.
  12. by   rn/writer
    Quote from ktwlpn
    QUOTE>>>>.The OP stated that she referred to Medicaid moms because they are an example of a group that gets documented 1:1 education and still can have problems. Other people can use the excuse that they were never shown the correct way to install/use/fasten the seats, but even when this is done, parents don't always do it right.
    Why does the mention of Medicaid automatically bring up race? Doesn't that carry a certain amount of bias to assume that Medicaid makes it racial?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Again I'll try to point out that I am speaking about race AND socio-economic status and when I have time to sit and search I'll find some stats to prove my point and again I'll state that THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCUSE...NONE........Not properly restraining your child in an approved car seat is negligence. If the child is injured or killed as a result it should be MURDER-no matter what color your skin is or how much money you make..NO EXCUSES.
    We don't disagree and I don't think there's anything to prove. I'm not excusing anyone from their obligation to keep their kids safe, only agreeing with the OP that not even being at the lower end of the socio-economic scale gets you off the hook since special efforts are being made to ensure that they understand what to do.

    Kids can die in fully loaded SUVs and they end up just as dead as the ones who went out in a rusted sedan or ten-year-old minivan. The flawed part of human nature --selfishness, laziness, desire for convenience, denial, stupidity, false sense of security, etc.--knows no boundaries.
  13. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from emsboss
    At the next redlight I rolled my window down and "complimented" her on the "airbag" she held in her arms. She got angry...I got called into the office

    Some folks have no common sense...But then, common sense is not so common anymore.
    This is probably not the best thread to mention it - but I loved this comment!

    I agree with Miranda - sadly, the flawed part of human nature knows no boundries. And it is doubly painful when innocents pay for the mistakes of others

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