In Jinan, Shandong Province, China, the drivers are getting younger and younger, much to the chagrin of the police.
Authorities are unable to act legally against the parents of a four-year-old girl whose parents made a video of her driving “adventure,” as she traveled along the highway in front of horrified passing drivers and pedestrians.
For two terrifying minutes, the little girl was at the wheel driving at speed and even overtaking several vehicles while the parents kept reminding her to concentrate.
The child’s father sat behind her sans safety belt and her mother was in the passenger seat.
Our little lady of the road made at least one potentially dangerous error. (Of course, how many does a fatal accident require?) She lined up for a traffic light in the wrong lane. She did, however, within a few breathless seconds manage to maneuver the vehicle into the correct lane.
The parents had adjusted both the brake and the accelerator pedals so that their tiny daughter could reach them.
Children are not allowed to drive in China, but according to the law, tickets cannot be issued to children under 14 years of age.
The most the police could do is educate the parents and hope that they would compensate any injured parties should an accident occur.
On the other hand, maybe letting children drive is an innovative approach to controlling the over-population in China!