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post #31 of 46
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Originally Posted by GrayKittenLove
I would have definately called the cops about the kids left in the car. Not too long ago in my town, a child was left in a car and the car was stolen. Well the child either tried to get out of the car or was thrown out the car and was dragged several miles down the highway. No way could I live with myself, if I saw a child alone and something like that happened.
I remember that. Such a sad situation.

To answer the OP, yes, I've called the cops a few times on obviously impaired drivers. I would call, if the situation came up, on overly aggressive drivers, kids left in the car, domestic abuse, etc. Anytime the potential exists for someone to get hurt, I'd feel guilty not calling.
post #32 of 46
I would call the police if I felt someone was in danger. But the children were probably obviously old enough to open the car door and get out if they needed too. I would not have called the police on the woman for her children being in the car and making a racket. I would've been annoyed b/c I get migraines at the drop of any noise (sigh) but it's up to the MOTHER to discipline the children - not the police.
post #33 of 46
PUT her children in the trunk of the car??? *big eyes* Uh... not THAT is just plain moronic!!!!
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by fluffysimba
I would call the police if I felt someone was in danger. But the children were probably obviously old enough to open the car door and get out if they needed too. I would not have called the police on the woman for her children being in the car and making a racket. I would've been annoyed b/c I get migraines at the drop of any noise (sigh) but it's up to the MOTHER to discipline the children - not the police.
I'm not sure if you're referring to the situation I posted about, but in that case it wasn't that they were honking the horn that was the issue. It's that they were 2 and 4 years old, and left alone in the car for over 15 minutes. Far too young to be left alone anywhere.
post #35 of 46
I called on my neighbors (apartment) once as a last resort. Since I'm a college student I usually tolerate parties pretty well as long as people are being respectful and are quiet by the time I'm ready for bed. The person across from me had over 35 people in a 2 bedroom apartment, only a max of 900 square feet and I bet most people weren't even in the bedrooms! It was after 3AM cause that's when I usually go to bed and after calling the apartment complex they said to just call the police. I felt bad because it was one of the girls birthdays but it's not like I could have walked over and asked them to be quiet nicely! I watched through the peephole and counted the people as they went out, it was like watching a clown car lol. I have another neighbor that likes to party until 5-6AM every weekend but I made a formal complaint with the office about that so they're taking care of that. Sometimes people just have no respect!
post #36 of 46
Always. I make much use of the local non-emergency police number.
post #37 of 46
I'm glad someone called them last night! (post from the Lounge this morning)
http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79694
post #38 of 46
This weekend I called the police about 4 boys riding their SKATEBOARDS IN THE HIGHWAY!! Where were their parents at?? Cars were slamming on the brakes everywhere. If the kids weren't going to get hurt someone else was!!
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I'm not sure if you're referring to the situation I posted about, but in that case it wasn't that they were honking the horn that was the issue. It's that they were 2 and 4 years old, and left alone in the car for over 15 minutes. Far too young to be left alone anywhere.
Yes at 2 and 4 they are too young to be left in the vehicle for that long. What makes me totally nuts is these people who drive with their children NOT in seat belts or car seats.
post #40 of 46
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Originally Posted by fluffysimba
Yes at 2 and 4 they are too young to be left in the vehicle for that long. What makes me totally nuts is these people who drive with their children NOT in seat belts or car seats.
Definitely - that's criminal negligence, as far as I'm concerned. I can cite two personal experiences that illustrate the risks.
When I was in kindergarten, one of my classmates, who lived right around the corner,was left in his mom's car, with the engine running, at the top of their steep driveway while she went back into the house to get something she'd forgotten. He released the hand brake, panicked when the car started to roll backwards, and tried to jump out of the car. His foot caught on something (I believe he'd moved into the driver's seat, and it was the brake or gas pedal, and that the car was in neutral, but that's my reconstruction - I obviously didn't drive at 5), and he was dragged face first down the driveway. My family was just coming home when it happened, and I'll never forget the sight of his face, or rather, the lack of it. He died of head injuries on the scene.
In the early eighties, my husband and I saw something really horrific on a local highway. A convertible Jeep crashed into the car in front of it. A little girl who was sitting in the back seat, and wasn't wearing a seat belt, was thrown out the Jeep, and run over by the car that had been directly behind the Jeep, but whose driver swerved into the passing lane to avoid hitting the Jeep from behind.
I know somebody who sicced (sp?) the police on her own son-in-law. He came to pick up the kids, and didn't buckle them up. When she told him to, he told her she was being a "wuss", and drove off. She was so mad that she called the cops and gave them the car make, license plate number, and likely route he was taking. He was stopped and fined for "reckless endangerment". He didn't want to pay the fine, and ended up cooling his "unmentionable" in jail. I think she did exactly the right thing.
post #41 of 46
How terribly frightful! I see people on a MAJOR highway with their kids in the backseat bouncing around. These are people SPEEDING too!!!

I see in the next town many not making their children wear seat belts.

It's sooo foolish. Do they not value their children's lives?!?!?! Our vehicle does not go in drive until everyone is buckled up. No snap - No go.


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Originally Posted by jcat
Definitely - that's criminal negligence, as far as I'm concerned. I can cite two personal experiences that illustrate the risks.
post #42 of 46
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Originally Posted by fluffysimba
Our vehicle does not go in drive until everyone is buckled up. No snap - No go.
We just got a car like that - now I can stop nagging my husband to remember to buckle up (he's been fined several times for that).
post #43 of 46
To everyone who calls the police on domestic disputes-- thank you. No matter what is going on, it often diffuses a situation which could take a much uglier turn very quickly. And sometimes its the first realization that what their partner is doing really is wrong...

I call the police. Once on a drunken SEMI driver. Wow, did the troopers come out fast for that! Not for noise violations though, because around here they don't just knock on the door and ask you to turn it down. They arrest you the second time in fact.

I don't know what I would do if someone left their kids in the car for fifteen minutes. I don't have kids for a very good reason. I know I was left in the car for periods that short. I know I would call if I feared for the kids safety.
post #44 of 46
It seems I am old enough in TCS years to now post in this forum.

I had to call 911 once. It was one of the scariest moments in my life... I thought I was listening to a murder. It was one of those moments where you wake up at 2am and think the whole apartment is coming crashing down...and ohhh the screams from upstairs...oh god is was horrible. You don't even think...just grab the phone and dial. I wasn't even the first to call it was so fast. I was in tears...I'm getting tears now thinking about it. I will never forget it. I called my fiance and couldn't get off the phone with him till the police arrived, I was shaking so bad and crying . I've never heard screams like that...

Anyway. I think she was ok. A month later I think he was evicted. Makes you feel real safe . Well these college communities can be really scary sometimes. I'm glad I don't live in one anymore. This was over 3 years ago and I will never forget it.
post #45 of 46
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Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
It seems I am old enough in TCS years to now post in this forum.

I had to call 911 once. It was one of the scariest moments in my life... I thought I was listening to a murder. It was one of those moments where you wake up at 2am and think the whole apartment is coming crashing down...and ohhh the screams from upstairs...oh god is was horrible. You don't even think...just grab the phone and dial. I wasn't even the first to call it was so fast. I was in tears...I'm getting tears now thinking about it. I will never forget it. I called my fiance and couldn't get off the phone with him till the police arrived, I was shaking so bad and crying . I've never heard screams like that...

Anyway. I think she was ok. A month later I think he was evicted. Makes you feel real safe . Well these college communities can be really scary sometimes. I'm glad I don't live in one anymore. This was over 3 years ago and I will never forget it.
Sorry it is still haunting you, but just think, you probably saved her life!
post #46 of 46
I work at Petsmart, and it is illigal to leave your pet in your cars alone under any cicumstances...especialy since it is hot over here. well, we CALL the police if we know ppl leave their animals in the car, we have several times...(we also get a lot of customers complain that they see animals wilting in these cars) we don't jump the gun, we wait about five minutes so long it is not an emergency, and let the person Know that this is against the law and the hot weather here really does alot of harm. but we do call the police if the time goes past that, one time an hour went by (police took forever) and the lucky owner got a ticket...woohoo!! I don't feel sorry for these people, especialy when they can't wait to get in their cars to turn the AC on...
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