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Instead of Citing Mom for No Car Seats, Officer Buys Them for Her

Wisconsin cop thought like a dad and stepped up for this single mom of five.

When Andrella Jackson saw the flashing lights behind her as she drove down a street in her neighborhood in Milwaukee, her heart probably sank. The officer pulled her over for not having proper registration on the used car she bought a couple of weeks ago. Then he discovered her two youngest kids in the backseat didn't have car seats, in violation of state law.

Officer Kevin Zimmerman of the Milwaukee Police Department could have cited her. Instead he did what he thought a father should do: he went out and bought seats for the kids, delivered them to Jackson's house and showed her how to properly install them. "At that point I thought about my kids," Zimmermann told CBS58 news . "I knew if I wasn't able to afford it, I would hope somebody would help me out."

Indeed, Jackson told officer Zimmerman she couldn't afford to buy safety seats after purchasing the car, and spending what little she had left on winter coats for her five children. "He said there are so many car accidents," Jackson told CBS58. "He said he would hate to see something happen to them."

"It was loving and sweet of him. I could've gotten three tickets instead of car seats."

Many communities offer programs to help families that can't afford to buy child safety seats . We found them in locations ranging from Cleveland , Indiana , Pennsylvania , Philadelphia , Virginia and Texas to name a few. Unfortunately there's no national data base of organizations. The national non-profit known as the Safe Kids Coalition has some resources, state-by-state for free car seats and safety seat checks. You can also check with your government social service agency, local children's hospital or fire department. Some car manufacturers also have programs, like Buckle Up for Life by Toyota .

Bottom line: all states require child safety seats, and if you can't afford one you should be able to find an organization near you that can help. It just may require a little digging on your part. We think you'll agree that's better than the alternative.

(Images: Andrella Lashae Jackson Facebook page )

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