When I saw Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen motor through the Fiestas Patrias Parade this past Sunday, in Downtown Santa Ana, I was taken by her bleating “Viva Mexico” and missed something else that I should have caught.
Nguyen endanger her child and broke the law. Look at the picture above – she was holding one of her boys in her lap, with no seat belt, no safety seat and with only one arm to secure the toddler.
Here is what the State of California has to say about this:
- Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
- Children under the age of 8 who are 4′ 9″ or taller may be secured by a safety belt in the back seat.
- Children who are 8 years and over shall be properly secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint system or safety belt.
- Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California’s Mandatory Seat Belt law.
- Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Also, seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.
It is outrageous that an elected official would break the law, in the open air, at a public event, but that is precisely what Nguyen did. She used her kid as a prop. She did the same thing when he was a baby and she was holding him like a football at a Tet Parade (see the picture below).
Shame on the Santa Ana Police Department for not pulling her over and writing her a ticket on the spot!
Nguyen is a candidate for the State Senate in 2014. How can she ask for our votes when she openly breaks the law and endangers her own son?
Click here to see more pictures of Nguyen endangering her child at the Fiestas Patrias parade.