This might be the most “Seattle” thing you’ll ever read.
When it comes to keeping your baby safe, you do countless hours of research for the best car seat and maybe even buy a “Baby On Board” sticker/magnet for your car to let others know you’re carrying precious cargo. At least, that’s the idea, right?
I decided to skip the sticker, mainly because it screams “Mom car” to me — I might have well just gotten a minivan — but when my child was 6-months-old, I had to break down and buy one… all because of some a**hole I don’t even know.
I believe in karma, so I never take the HOV lane when I’m alone or skip the metered ramps without an extra rider in my car. Hell, I even had to Google if I could carpool with an infant in the car when she was a newborn (I’m dead serious) because even though I knew she was in the car, no one else could see her. I’ll save you the effort: they’re people, too. So yes, you can take the carpool lanes.
This brings us to the a**hole. I don’t know when or where, but around the time my little one was 5-months-old, I got a notice in the mail from the Department of Transportation saying someone had reported me using the HOV lane since they thought I was driving alone.
I KNOW, who even does that!? I’ve seen those signs on the road telling people to report violators, but I didn’t think people actually cared enough or spent the time writing down other’s license plate numbers.
Here’s the catch: if you get reported three times (which could easily happen with a baby in the car), your license plate number gets sent to the state patrol. I wish I was kidding.
I called and explained that I had recently had a baby and the caller probably couldn’t see the infant car seat, the woman working kindly took the report off my record, and told me that I needed to get a “Baby On Board” sign.
So, here I am. With a bright yellow magnet on the back of my car, and thankfully, no more reports from a**holes.
⚠️ Did I ever want a “Baby On Board” sticker on my car? Oh helllllll no. Did I have to get one? Yes 😑 If you live in a big city (especially Seattle), you’ll definitely want one. Not because of the obvious reason, safety, you’ll need it so that your license plate number doesn’t get sent to the state patrol. 🚨 I wish I was kidding. Full blog post in our bio. XOXO, Keiko #themomandtell