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April 9, 2009

"6-year-old sentenced to traffic school"

The title of this post is the title of this local article I found via a link from CNN. Here are the notable particulars:

Even though mom got the ticket a Los Lunas magistrate judge isn't letting her child off the hook for refusing to buckle up. The child's mother, who was ticketed for failing to restrain her child, asked Judge John "Buddy" Sanchez if he could help discipline her 6-year-old.

The boy always took his seat belt off despite her pleas, the mother said. "He took off his seat belt, I pulled over again and put it on and he took it off right in front of the cop," said Jessica who did not want to release her full name.

In January Jessica was stopped and ticketed. She landed in front of Judge Sanchez last month and asked him to talk to her son. "She didn't want to plead guilty to it because it was her son that was actually not obeying her," Sanchez said.

He agreed that it was Jessica's son who needed to learn a lesson so he ordered ther to take her young son to traffic school. "But there was nothing because of his age," said Jessica.

That's when the judge reached out to a Los Lunas driver's education instructor Avilio Chavez. "I thought he was kidding," Chavez said. "He wanted to send him to defensive-driving class or driver-improvement class."

After some discussion Chavez and Sanchez agreed on a simpler solution to teach the young lawbreaker a lesson. "Full seat-belt school," Sanchez said. Jessica agreed to take her son to a seat-belt safety class, which is expected to start in a month. They'll attend together and also learn other traffic safety measures.

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The lawyer has destroyed the American family. Instead of a spanking at the scene, with hard objects until the brat puts on his seat belt, we get procedures. Expensive procedures at the expense of the taxpayer. The police, the judge, and the teachers are thievin' rent seekers, looting the productive segment of the public.

Why has the lawyer totally destroyed the American family? This case illustrates the reason well. Rent seeking. They have substituted vile lawyer authority for that of the lawyer disabled parents.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 9, 2009 10:13:23 PM

Juvenile deaths from accidents have never been lower. A lot of this flows from new laws, like seat belt and child car seat laws, that put these issues into the criminal justice system, instead of mere home discipline. Much of the rest of it flows from tort law and government regulation, also lawyer driven.

Lawyers have saved the lives of tens of thousands of children every year. The nostalgic American family way of doing things wasn't all that it was cracked up to be.

Posted by: ohwilleke | Apr 10, 2009 3:02:37 PM

Not a shred of evidence exists that a single life has ever been saved by a lawyer, save for that of their murdering clients. All decreases in deaths come from technology, road and car advances on the front end, medical trauma care advances on the back end.

The gall of the misleading lawyer knows no limit.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 10, 2009 9:54:56 PM

Maybe law school would have been a wiser investment over that sharp looking tinfoil hat you're sporting. . .

Posted by: Mark | Apr 11, 2009 2:04:29 PM

Mark: I request that you be more lawyerly in your remarks. Ad hominems show frustration in the traverse.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 12, 2009 12:56:06 PM

There is a site that offers online traffic school and defensive driving online courses for ticket dismissal and insurance reduction. Check it out at www.TakeTrafficSchoolOnline.com

Posted by: Batis Narjey | Dec 18, 2009 1:30:59 AM

How different is it that our "tax" monies go to helping a child to understand the importance of obeying laws than it is that our teachers have to spend more of their time in the schools "disciplining" children and playing "law enforcement official" because parents do not know how to parent.

Posted by: Approved Online Traffic School | Jul 7, 2010 5:42:11 AM

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