Sunday, August 17, 2008

Picking up the kids

Some parents refuse to let their kids ride the school bus because they don't think it is safe. This mother, picked up her 10 year old daughter from school and started driving home. The daughter sat in the back seat and fastened her seatbelt as she always does.

Mom, on the other hand considers herself a good driver and, therefor, doesn't need to wear a seatbelt.

Unfortunately for her, the tree she plowed into did not agree with her. After trying to make a right turn much too fast, mom veered off the road and rammed into a tree. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention -mom had spent the day drinking and was by all accounts "hammered."

The young girl watched as mom's unrestrained body flew forward into the dashboard. Her head smashed into the rear-view mirror sending it through the windshield and out onto the ground in front of the car. Mom's head got stuck in the jagged window glass. She was able to pull her face and head back into the car leaving long strands of hair in the cracks of the glass.

Yesterday, my trainee and I answered up for an emergency call for a fight in the cafeteria at an elementary school. At first I pictured a bunch of little kids having a food fight but then I read the details of the call.

A 40 year old man arrived at school totally drunk demanding to pick up his 2 sons from after-school care. The school aides had never met this Dad so they asked for his ID as is standard practice. The drunk father began swearing and screaming in front of all the children. He then punched a teacher in the face, pushed another backwards into a door, and shoved a third one. The enraged drunk was screaming vulgarities and lunging at any adults that came near.

Dozens of terrified kids were running away and hiding from the lunatic.

Another unit arrived before us and had the dad in custody when we arrived. He was book on 3 counts of aggravated assault.

What a way to set a good example for your children.


At August 19, 2008 9:31 PM, Blogger melinda said...

I don't care how good of a driver you are... you could be totally perfect, but you can't control the other drivers on the road. Another car/truck could hit and kill you. Just one of the reasons why you really should always buckle up!

At August 20, 2008 4:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had one a few years back when I was still working EMS....drunk Mom taking her kids to Pop Warner football pratice...hits a truck, flips the car, she's dead underneath it where it rolled on her because she didn't wear a seatbelt, flew one of the kids (both were thrown from the vehicle, no seatbelts, boosters, nada) and ran the other in hot. Only one survived. Totally, totally could have been avoided. Horrible.

At August 20, 2008 6:33 AM, Blogger TK the Buckeye nut! said...

That's horrible! :( I know a mother like that, I just hope that what happened here never happens to her! (not because i like her but because her oldest is my stepson)

At August 20, 2008 9:02 AM, Blogger Bobby G. said...

And people have the NERVE to wonder why KIDS are failing in our schools...because some PARENTS have failed the KIDS long before they even conceived them, simply by their lifestyle "choices".

Then it's up to the educational system (and many times the LEOs) to "pick up the pieces".


At August 21, 2008 8:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe in wearing your seatbelt but do not believe in seatbelt laws.Seatbelt laws are part of the nanny state mentality.

Its not really for safety but for revenue.What next,wearing a helmet inside the car?

At August 22, 2008 9:31 PM, Blogger Officer Wright said...

I hope the daughter makes much better decisions in her life and not following the path her mom took.

And I hope that dad spends a good amount of time locked up for his charges.

I hate retarded parents.

At August 24, 2008 8:14 PM, Blogger Thomas said...

I know the local PD likes the fact that we have a district police dept. That way they don't have to respond to drunk parents and shit like that.

I would have begged the District K9 unit to put the dogs on his drunk ass.


PS in my part of the world it isn't drunk moms. Instead it is moms on their prescription goodies. DPS officer across the street got an award for 143 DWI arrests last year. A good portion were soccer moms on pills.

At August 26, 2008 11:30 PM, Blogger whimsical brainpan said...

Oh that poor girl, to have to see that!

And that father, beyond awful.

Pathetic excuses for parents, both.

At August 29, 2008 7:26 PM, Anonymous scannerbuff1 said...

I just found your blog and I'm hooked! I am a scanner buff and am trying to get onto my local PD (the new physical exam is brutal). I live in the easy-on-crime state of MA, so reading your posts from a state that takes crime seriously is a little bit of a shock- Patrolmen can actually use common sense? In MA, policy dictates everything, because criminals sue if the PD violates their "rights"
Great writing! I look forward to reading more.

At August 31, 2008 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a new father this is horrible, complete lack of commitment to your children. I have noticed the parents dropping kids off at school out here. Back east we road the bus, it was part of growing up. Hope you are well. Howard

At October 13, 2008 11:46 PM, Blogger Tenderfoot said...

Yep, like the drunk we found passed out in a running car with her daughter in the backseat.


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