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Gobsmacked
Posted 8:52 AM on Tue-19-Jun-2012
I sat down with my coffee this morning and opened up the online news to see what has been going on in the world. We often have the news on at a night but it's not exactly that easy to get the gist of things with all the dinner time chatter.

Armed with an idea for today's blog in the back of my mind, I suddenly stopped and put that idea on the back burner. For the life of me I couldn't get passed this article I read.

I'm shocked to say the least. It's a free country but good grief some people should not be afforded the luxury of having children. This women in this article is one of those people.

I really have no words to describe her actions. She seriously needs help and I hope that someone will be able to get it through her thick skull that she is a parent and with that come responsibilities.

I'll let you read for yourselves...

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7125839/Drink-driver-had-baby-on-lap
Posted by GoMummyJo


Comments (8)
jopukeko - 3:52 PM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
When I was in Qatar everyday I saw small children on the driver's lap. It is just another example of their disregard for safety.

My kids (and carekids) know my car doesn't go unless you are safely bucked in your seat.
mumof6 - 11:16 AM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
I think I have said it so many times that my kids now ask anybody I take in the car if they have they got their seatbelts on. Miss2 is now on a roll aswell and tells everybody to put their seatbelts on and won't let me start the car until everyone has. As for drink driving with kids in the car, there are just no excuses and you can buy quite cheap carseats nowadays too or even hire one.
LIVINGLIFE - 10:36 AM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
Im like you Julie I always say before we move are seatbelts on and even my children say to their friends before we move make sure your seatbelt is on. There is no excuse for not using a carseat or for driving drunk!!
MumBum - 10:18 AM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
That's a joke in itself! What, you can afford to run a vehicle and use that vehicle to drive where ever to get juiced but can't afford car seats?
Work and Income give advances for these sorts of things, plunket hire car seats and even sell them at a discounted rate!
Also, there are those Nappy for Less places which sell decent car seats for around $80, which you can layby! Or how about all the car seats on TradeMe for sale.... absolute nonsense that its because of a lack of money, its because it is not a priority!!!
JulieKidspotter - 10:13 AM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
I spent the weekend ferrying numerous children around in my car. Every time I got in the question was asked "has everyone got their seatbelt on?". I sounded like a broken record but children's safety comes before anything else. Then yesterday I saw on the news that a family travelling in Australia crashed their van. One child was killed, others critically injured - none of them were wearing seatbelts. The ones that were belted in are OK. I can never understand why parents would ever take the risk.
SarahK - 10:12 AM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
Yup the dummy debate really fails to compare to this kind of terrible parenting!
And I definately agree with you there mumbum!! Where are the charges for endangering her childrens lives! Yes she would have been struck with fines for them being unrestrained, but she more than put them at risk by driving drunk.

Another thing this article says is that the possiblilty of the lack of use of carseats is due to the cost, and this has happened in a low socio economic area. Now, I started parenting in my teens. I had not one cent to my name. I managed to get a part time job whist pregnant to buy things for my baby, and the carseat was on the top of that list. Its more the point that peoples priorities are out of wack.
Some people really shouldn't be parents. People like this really get on my nerves. Especially when I know of so many loving people that would love to become parents, and fertility issues are preventing it.
MumBum - 9:08 AM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
And why is it that she is charged with excess breath alcohol and driving while disqualified but there's no charges laid against her for putting her childrens' safety at risk? It really gets me on my soap box to know that too often our kids don't have a voice and no one to speak or act on their behalf!!!
MumBum - 9:02 AM on Tue-19-Jun-2012  
And we have people all up in arms over dummy using!!!! Sheesh!!!

I'm not usually pro licences for everything or the government getting all big brother-ish, however, you have to have a licence and be deemed to be responsible before you can legally drive a motor vehicle but there are no expectations set for someone before they have children... and we are still shocked at the amount of our babies and kids who suffer at the hands of parents/care givers... I don't know what the answer is, I just know that what we are currently doing isn't working!


   
 
 
 
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