By Officer Tanya Little – Police Public Affairs
So, I am driving into work today and as I approach the stop sign I see a nicely dressed woman pushing a gorgeous little girl in a baby stroller.
A baby stroller is, perhaps, one of the most essential pieces of baby equipment a parent will need. They come with a variety of bells and whistles, in a variety of sizes and colors, from three wheels to eight. You can pay as little as $15.00 or as much as $1500 for them.
Strollers offer a gamut of safety features, including, but not limit to, buckles, wheel locks, even a sun visor. But there is one feature that does not come with the stroller and is not listed in any manual I’ve seen. That feature is ‘Common Sense’.
Now back to the young lady I saw with the stroller… she appeared to be in a rush. I’m betting she was. She was likely trying to hurry up, drop her little girl off to the sitter and make it to work on time.
As a parent myself, I get it. I totally understand rushing to manage life’s needs. But what I don’t understand is sacrificing your child’s safety to feed your need to speed. As the young lady stood at the corner, safely on the curb, her cute little baby girl was indeed safely buckled in the stroller. However, she was positioned in the street clearly in harms way. Hmm….Not so safe!
As I idled at the STOP sign and gave mom the go-ahead wave. I thought to my self what the (bleep) is wrong with this picture.
Here’s what’s wrong. Mom, who I have no doubt would give the world to her precious child was not using “Common Sense.” I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have seen this very same scenario… someone waiting on the sidewalk for a light to change with the child they’re pushing in a stroller hanging into the street. It’s not just moms who commit this common senseless lapse in judgment… it’s moms & dads, siblings and sitters. No matter who is at the bar of the stroller, letting them wait in the street for a traffic light change is a very dangerous thing. A car could easily hit the child.
Or lives today are so rushed that we may unintentionally use our children as sacrificial lambs in traffic when we don’t use good judgment… or just simple ‘Common Sense’.
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