U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Great Debates
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-03-2009, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Charleston, WV
3,105 posts, read 6,488,135 times
Reputation: 830

Advertisements

A concerned citizen called police when he spotted a woman breastfeeding her infant while driving. The mom is facing up to 180 days in jail plus fines of up to $1,950 if convicted on charges of child endangerment and unlawfully restraining her child.

So...
1. Thoughts on the fact the driver called the police? Would you have called the police?
2. Should she be fined or what action, if any, should be taken?

My initial reaction was horror that someone had called the police - the civil rights aspect of it. If you spank your child in public you risk arrest, the child being taken away from you and placed in foster care, etc. .. now a mom is charged for breastfeeding while driving! (OK, not the smartest thing but worthy of police action?)

On the flip side, and especially after reading more about the circumstances (such as she was also on a cell phone and had other children in the car), it appears she was endangering her child as well as other drivers.

Gosh, when my oldest was young, car seats were basically nothing but booster seats and a lot of cars didn't even have seat belts. How did anyone survive?

Mom busted for child endangerment after driving while breast-feeding and talking on the phone
Video: Breast-Feeding Driver (Photo) Facing Charges For Multitasking - Strange & Interesting News: The Post Chronicle
globeandmail.com: Ohio police charge breast-feeding driver (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090228.wbreastfeed0228/BNStory/International/ - broken link)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-03-2009, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
3,031 posts, read 7,863,957 times
Reputation: 1925
I probably wouldn't, but I'd certainly call her an effing moronic byotch to her face.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
1,594 posts, read 4,018,576 times
Reputation: 1396
I'm sorry, but breastfeeding and chatting on the phone while driving IS child endangerment. I'm not sure if I'd call the police or not, but if the mother looked distracted enough, I just might. Not only is that a risk to herself and her infant, but to other people on the road who are driving responsibly.

I'm all for personal liberty but there is a place for laws, particularly laws that protect people from being killed by the stupidity and recklessness of others. Also, driving is not a right - it's a privilege. When you get behind a the wheel of what is ostensibly a moving weapon on wheels, you agree to abide by certain laws. One of those laws is that children under a certain weight and height riding in your vehicle be secure in a car seat.

I've also breastfed two children and know that it has the potential to be a huge distraction - if the baby pops off and milk is spraying, needs to switch to the other breast, removing/replacing the nursing top/bra, etc. TOTALLY irresponsible driving even forgetting the whole carseat issue.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 09:03 AM
 
Location: The Netherlands
8,567 posts, read 14,516,394 times
Reputation: 1573
Originally Posted by vec101
Quote:
My initial reaction was horror that someone had called the police - the civil rights aspect of it. If you spank your child in public you risk arrest, the child being taken away from you and placed in foster care, etc. .. now a mom is charged for breastfeeding while driving! (OK, not the smartest thing but worthy of police action?)
If a person wants to drive and do something else simultaneously he would only be endangering his own life (and that of any other victim if he caused an accident).
The thing with women breastfeeding while driving is that the child is completely dependent on his mother.
So I definitely would've called (or stopped her myself if she was just driving off the parking lot to ask her what she was thinking) because the mother is not looking out for the best interest of her child.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 09:08 AM
 
8,180 posts, read 11,033,451 times
Reputation: 2873
I would have called the police. Think of it this way, if she were to stop suddenly the baby would be wedged between his mothers torso and the steering wheel. Even in a low impact fendbender the baby would most likely have serious injury if not death --- and if the car was equipped with air bags! There would be no way for that baby to survive that scenario.
Add into this the woman was talking on a cell and had other kids in the car as well --- she deserves to have her lisence suspended till her youngest child is in high school. Stupidity and selfishness ought not be rewarded.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 09:57 AM
 
Location: The 719
13,633 posts, read 21,489,347 times
Reputation: 13287
I would not have until I saw mention that she was also on the cell phone. Too much multi-tasking going on there and her baby is not gonna survive the mildest of crashes which becomes very likely at that point.

As Camping says, if that airbag goes off, the infant being breast-fed becomes part of the air bag system. That is about as stupid and careless as it gets. I'd site her with wreckless driving because there again, too much multi-tasking as it is, so she's endangering other motorists AND pedestrians, not to mention disregard for her child, other children, and family to those children.

I say she gets her mommy ticket revoked too.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
3,031 posts, read 7,863,957 times
Reputation: 1925
Too bad we can't revoke her breeding ticket. Too bad someone this stupid has already bred multiple times.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
16,845 posts, read 51,301,408 times
Reputation: 27662
Her actions are almost too stupid for words. I can start to lose a little awareness driving if I try to glance down at a map. I can't image that combination. The scary part is that she is remorseless.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
40,057 posts, read 29,713,783 times
Reputation: 10450
She was driving, breastfeeding, AND talking on the cell phone? Calling the police is only a half measure in her case; she ought to have her license revoked. And if the courts decided to take the child away from her on a charge of child endangerment, it would be hard to argue against that, as well.

You have the right to be an idiot if you so choose--but when your idiotic behavior affects another human being (much less a helpless child) then it becomes a problem that should be dealt with quickly.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-03-2009, 10:59 AM
 
2,766 posts, read 8,840,570 times
Reputation: 1566
Breast feeding while driving means a child isn't in a car seat so it IS UNSAFE and i would have called the cops as well. If she crashed that baby would have been killed by the air bag....
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Great Debates
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top