Thursday, March 18, 2010

dear neighbors which shall remain nameless,

i am writing this informational letter on behalf of your children, your bank account, and your auto insurance company, all of which suspect an impending blow to their current, healthy state.

it appears that you may not be aware of certain traffic laws which pertain to the proper seating and safety of your children while in your vehicle, so i will take this opportunity to share them with you.


Washington's New Child Restraint Law
Effective June 1, 2007, children less than eight years old must be restrained in child restraint systems, unless the child is four feet nine inches or taller. A child who is eight years old or older, or four feet nine inches or taller, must be properly restrained either with the motor vehicle's safety belt or an appropriately fitting child restraint system. Children under thirteen years old must be transported in rear seats where it is practical to do so.

The fine for improperly restrained children in motor vehicles is at least $112 per child.

For more information on choosing the safest seat for your child, please call  1-800-BUCK-L-UP toll-free.

you can find the full text of the law here.

so, given that your children are aged 9 and 6, and that your vehicle is NOT a two-seater, the blatant presence of your children in your front seat is clearly against state law.

i also must admit, that this letter is written on my own behalf. the blatant presence of your children in the front seat of your vehicle is a constant annoyance to me. you see, i have children too. children who see the front seat of the car to be the most coveted seat of honor. children who continually pester me to allow them to sit there. children who use the presence of YOUR children in the front seat as ammunition with which to back up their case.

your compliance with this law would be greatly appreciated.


  1. I have always wondered why the front seat is so important. I remember fighting over it when I was younger but don't remember why.

  2. Have you actually talked with your neighbors about this? If I saw my neighbor repeatedly doing this I would talk with them as someone concerned for their kids' safety as they may actually not be aware of the law (I'm not sure how that would be possible, but none-the-less...).

  3. Most people really don't care that it's the law and won't listen about safety issues. Mackenzie hates that she isn't allowed in the front seat and Joey is. I tell her that life sucks.

  4. I am sure that even if it's a case of being ignorant of the law, these people still wouldn't care after they were informed.



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