Colorado police were shocked to find a gas can strapped into a child safety seat instead of a toddler during a routine seat belt enforcement check last week.
The uploader wrote:
“Unbelievable! This heartbreaking photo was taken by an officer with the Aurora Police Department during Click It or Ticket enforcement last week. Share it to remind everyone that life is precious, so please be responsible and make sure children are properly restrained in the appropriate child safety seat. Go to www.carseatscolorado.com to find a free local fit station to get help.”
The photo also shows a child in a diaper in the back seat wearing a regular adult lap belt. The shoulder strap can be seen behind the child’s back.
“It is a legitimate picture, it is not staged,” said Aurora Police Lieutenant Chuck Deshazer. “One of my traffic officers took the picture on a stop while conducting click it or ticket seatbelt campaign enforcement last week.
Colorado law requires that all children under the age of 8 to be in a child safety seat when traveling in a motor vehicle.
The law stipulates a minimum fine of $82 per violation.
Aurora Police said the driver in this case was written three tickets.
Police said the driver told officers the child frequently lets himself out of the car seat.
The officer then asked if the child also frequently grabbed a gas can, buckled it into a car seat, and then buckled himself in a seat next to the gas can.
The woman had no answer.
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