Many of us have heard about friends who used to sneak out in their parents’ vehicles. In this case, a pair of 10-year-old and 11-year-old siblings took their mother’s car for a drive of more than 300 km, ultimately getting caught by the police in another state.
This incident took place in North Florida, USA. The two upset siblings decided to take their mother’s car and drive for hours, leaving their home due to some issue.
Deputies in North Florida stopped the 10-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister, who were driving on Interstate 75 in Alachua at around 3:50 a.m. on Thursday. Their mother had reported the car as stolen from North Port, located between Sarasota and Fort Myers.
Sheriff’s deputies noticed the stolen car on the I-75 Interstate Highway. When they conducted a traffic stop, they were surprised to see the young children exiting the vehicle. The boy was behind the wheel, while his 11-year-old sister was in the passenger seat.
The Sheriff’s office took immediate action after receiving the stolen vehicle report. They carried out a “high-risk traffic stop” and determined that these were the same siblings who had been reported missing and that the stolen vehicle belonged to their mother, who had filed the report.
“It was learned that both children were upset with their mother because she had taken away their electronic devices, which is believed to have been done because they were not using them appropriately,” the sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.
Deputies then ensured that the children were not mistreated at home. Their mother, who had filed the complaint, drove for 3 hours to pick up her children. She decided to drop the charges and did not wish to pursue criminal charges.
The children were not detained for their recklessness. Deputies explained that since their mother did not want to press charges regarding the stolen vehicle, the only “offense is a criminal offense violation, and a juvenile will not be accepted into the Department of Juvenile Justice for misdemeanor criminal traffic,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Parents in jailed in India for traffic offences by minors
Cases of juvenile driving have become increasingly common in India. When a minor is caught driving or riding a vehicle without a valid license, they will be arrested and subsequently sent to juvenile courts. These young individuals will also undergo counseling sessions while in juvenile custody. In addition to facing legal consequences, parents will be subjected to harsher punishments, including the possibility of jail time, in addition to mandatory counseling sessions.
Minors who repeatedly engage in such offenses will receive more severe penalties, including longer periods of incarceration. The court determines the specific punishments for parents. Authorities emphasize that it is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children refrain from operating vehicles until they obtain a formal and legal license. Law enforcement officials anticipate a significant reduction in accidents if this initiative proves successful.