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.