Apparently just two DUI convictions have already resulted in 19 car-seat donations. Which should also serve as a pretty good reminder to those who have never heard of “designated drivers” of just how costly it can be to think you are sober when you are not.
And it also prevents other traffic offenses — it is against the law to transport a baby or young child younger than age 8 who are not in a car seat or booster.
There are a large number of “community service” penalties doled out in this community for various offenses. Certainly not all offenders would have the money to come up with “in lieu of” donations (atop the fines they also doubtless received) for good public purposes, but this may well be an approach the court system should consider. It could well have wider applications and benefits.