Why I put my children in carseats/boosters and will do so until they are too big
I have three children and twin girls on the way.
My oldest is 11. He is much too tall for a carseat or booster which makes them unsafe. So he sits in the middle seat in the 3rd row of our car. The middle seat has what all the other seats have, a shoulder AND lap belt. My 7 and 6 year old are in boosters, not high back because my kids run on the tall side, and the high backs are too short. The boosters have the little black piece that makes the belt fit better, and they again have shoulder and lap harnesses. My babies not born yet, will be in a really great carseat that goes up to 35 pounds and are one of the best out there for preemies and the carseat group here told me about. With twins odds are my little ones will be preemies.
And I will call on your ass if I see you with your kids bouncing around a car without any seatbelts or boosters or anything and they are little. I did this once. A lady had her 2 year old in the car, no nothing, he was RUNNING around the back of the car, back and forth with her driving. She did get pulled over a couple of blocks later.I had called 911 with the road we were on, which way we were traveling, and her license plate.
1. I don't want your dead child on my conscience. If I pass you in five blocks and your kid is lying on the concrete, I will never forget it or forgive myself for not calling 911.
2. You all talk about how years ago no one wore seatbelts. Well guess what? People DIED back than a lot more than they do now.
And 3. I will never forget it. I was 9. My dad was driving me home from some school play or some other school activity. When we saw it. A man, lying on the ground, the car had been hit by a truck. His legs were gone, and he was bleeding profusely. People, just people who saw it, asking cars for towels or blankets to hold on his legs. They were waiting for an ambulance. We stopped our car, my dad jumped out to help with some blankets he had in the trunk. The man was screaming incoherently. Just screaming, and my dad tried to talk him, calm him down. The window was down, dad was out there trying to help. The man finally looked at my dad, screamed my son! WHERES MY SON?! Son? My dad looked in the car thinking maybe the kid was in there, no there was no kid in there. My dad and some of the others looking, he was a little ways down a ravine, bloody broken gone not breathing not alive. I remember my dad telling the man it would be okay, but he was lying. I could tell he was lying. He took a blanket they weren't using on the man's legs, and placed it over the boy, who was dead, bleeding from everywhere. The boy was probably only 3 or 4 at the most. No carseat or belt because well back then we didn't use them. I had never been made to wear one, but after that day my dad made me wear it all the time, and started wearing his. I didn't find out until years later about them finding the boy, about my dad placing the blanket on him, and why I was suddenly made to wear my belt, and why my dad, who had NEVER bothered before started wearing his.
If you want to see your child like that, you want to take that chance, go ahead. But if I see you I will report you. Your child should mean more to you than the cost of a carseat, or proper booster. And btw, you can even get free or low cost ones. Your little ones should mean enough to want to ensure their safety.