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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Something to keep in mind when you're driving home tonight

I love this headline:

Thirteen-year-old arrested for speeding
Not for being behind the wheel in the first place, but for driving too fast while he was behind the wheel.

A 13-year-old Appleton boy has been arrested for speeding on a highway south of Neenah.

A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper says he stopped a vehicle traveling 14 mph over the 65 mph speed limit on U.S. Highway 41 Sunday about 10:30 p.m.

The boy's mother was a passenger and has a suspended driver's license. She told the trooper she was teaching the boy to drive.

The woman was cited for permitting her underage son to drive. The boy was referred to juvenile court.
And while we in Wisconsin are known to appreciate our beer, few of us have ever done anything like this:

DARWIN, Australia (AP) -- An Australian driver who secured a carton of beer in his car with a seat belt but left a 5-year-old child unrestrained was fined 750 Australian dollars ($710; €460), police said Tuesday.

Constable Wayne Burnett said he was "shocked and appalled" when he pulled over the unregistered car on Friday in the central Australian town of Alice Springs.

The 30-can carton was strapped in between the two adults sitting in the back seat of the car. The child was also in back, on the vehicle's floor.
Another stereotype wholeheartedly embraced.