Well the world has changed since the time we were kids. Everything is under a microsope, and I am one who is totally against "BIG BROTHER" and civil liberties that I feel are envaded by government installing traffic cameras for instance...and being used for other purposes...
however, when it comes to children's safety and bad parents...its not uncommon for folks to call in domestic disturbances to police, or call in dept of child welfare ( or social services) if a child is in danger..correct?
Also, what is the difference between someone calling the police if you see someone on the road driving erratically and most likely they are driving drunk( they are putting the risk of other to be harmed) to that of some parent putting their own children at risk? Question really becomes its the parents right to either let their children die or not..fundamentally.
I agree I would feel bad for a struggling family, because of the fines, etc. Maybe instead of fines, local courts are smart enough to force them to bring proof that the child has a car seat and installed instead to provide a second chance to them.
It sickens me to see infants in arms of someone in a car, not restrained. There are programs that offer free car seats to those who cannot afford it, there is no excuse. They are endangering their child as law sees it, and socially it has become the practice now to be a "tighter" community and politically correct thing to do and be involved in the community and take action.