CEDAR PARK, Texas -- By now, surely we all know: small children have to ride in special car seats. But there are always people who break the rules for all kinds of reasons.
If the threat of your kids getting serious injuries isn't enough, how about the threat of seeing red-and-blue lights in your rearview mirror? Yeah, that traffic stop could cost you up to 200 bucks per child.
So, when a cop in Cedar Park, near Austin, stopped a dad with three kids but no seats -- for the second time -- he knew writing a ticket or three would not help the situation.
"They're trying to get things going," Officer Justin Gower said. "They're going in the right direction, and to issue 'em three citations (one for each of his children) would just devastate 'em."
"Money's not the issue," Officer Cale Hawkins said. "It's the issue of can you help them, and so that was the easiest, fastest path to helping them."
Those two cops pooled their money, got some of their fellow cops to chip in and bought the family three new car seats. So, the long arms of the law were carrying some lifesaving gifts.
It goes without saying that children are our most precious possessions.
The state has a program to provide safety seats to needy families. Call them at 800-252-8255 or visit their website.
Don't let money prevent you from keeping your kids safe.