Below is my message to the woman who wrote in the alon Olam Katan, complaining about the insensitive policewoman who “attacked” her and gave her an NIS 250 ticket because her 7.5-year-old passenger was not restrained in a carseat (and possibly not even in a seatbelt):
If a child is injured or killed in an accident, it won’t matter that the child was travelling to wish her frail grandmother a happy new year. It won’t matter that the the girl’s brother sat in a car seat, that their mother doesn’t own a car, nor that the driver and the girl’s mother work in a school for special needs children. Nor will it matter whether the driver or the mother knew about the law requiring carseats for children up to eight years old.
The child would be equally injured or dead.
I’m not sure whether you are upset about the attitude of the policewoman, the unfairness of the law, or that you were caught breaking it. The policewoman was just doing her job, which is to uphold the law and protect children. If she caused you and the mother to think twice before transporting a child who is not restrained properly, she has made a difference.
According to another alon, Matzav Haruach, 82% of the religious population in Israel do not wear seatbelts in the back, compared to two-thirds of the general population. According to Beterem, 40% of children aged 0-5, and 77% of children aged 5-9, are restrained improperly or not at all.