Revisiting disabled parking question, road trip travel tips for parents

Streets Smarts wants to follow up on a couple recent columns. First, in regard to Monday's letter from a reader questioning the disabled parking spot in front of an apartment building which the disabled person who lives there does not own a vehicle, the city tried to remove the spot but did not due to complaints from the residents there. Also, while the law does not allow disabled parking placards to be shared among family and friends, it does allow able-bodied people who are taking the disabled person out for errands to use the placard to park in disabled parking spots for the benefit of the disabled person.. Second, last week Street Smarts requested road trip travel tips from parents and caregivers of children. Here's a tale from Kim Orloff of Aptos: "I have never written a newspaper before in my life, but thought I'd share this from driving experiences of 30-plus years ago. I was taking a 5-year-old -- not mine -- from Aptos to a High Sierras camping site to join up with the rest of his family. A few hours into the trip going up Highway 80, he unfastened his seatbelt! Granted, this was before the era of child seats and the requirement that they sit in the back seat, so he was in the passenger seat next to me -- but I had always been adamant about seat belts. So, I pulled over to the side of the road and just sat there. When he asked why I was stopping, I replied, 'Because your seat belt is unbuckled. We'll go when it is fastened again.' After a minute or two of fidgeting, he fastened it and we drove for another half hour before he unbuckled again, and we went through the same routine. The third time, I only had to slow down. The belt was immediately re-buckled. Perhaps, this would also work with the excessive noise problem -- a 'silent and no car movement' response. "I had originally learned the silent treatment' as an effective crowd control device several years before that, when I taught 8th grade: freezing both body and word in midsentence and staring at one of the misbehaving youngsters with my eyebrows raised. That never failed to catch everyone's attention and allowed them to self-correct without my ever having to raise my voice. I learned that trick from my mom, who was a crackerjack 6th grade substitute teacher."
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