A seven year-old was caught driving on the Gold Coast last week.
A seven year-old was caught driving on the Gold Coast last week.

Shameful driving act not confined to the Gold Coast

SEVEN-year-olds should be in a booster seat, not the driver's seat

Last week's incredible story of the seven year-old Gold Coast child caught driving his father home at 3am was shocking for a number of reasons.

Forgetting questions about what the boy was doing awake at 3am and what possessed his father to think this was a good idea, how he could even see over the steering wheel or operate the pedals?

Joe Fitzgerald.
Joe Fitzgerald.

Queenslanders are renowned for their "she'll be right mate" approach to life, but clearly this went too far.

Simply put, children aren't physically or mentally mature enough to be behind the wheel anywhere, but some Queenslanders argue that it's safe for kids to drive on farms or properties.

This might seem fine, in theory, but if they knew the number of times RACQ rescue helicopters have airlifted a child who'd crashed a car or quad bike on a property, I wonder if they'd be so eager to put one of their own behind the wheel.

Recent statistics show that over a three year period, 196 Queensland kids were seriously injured driving on a farm and heaven knows how many more near misses or little scrapes went unreported.

To put this into context, Queensland road rules state that children aged four to seven should be in a booster seat, not sitting in the front and certainly not behind the wheel.

It's easy to forget that cars are heavy, complex pieces of machinery and responsible for hundreds of deaths every year. Let's keep them out of the hands of children.



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