A juvenile was arrested by police when he was caught driving whilst over the alcohol limit. He was breathalysed and taken to custody when it transpired he was only nine years of age.
Children under the age of ten are not considered to have reached an age where they can be held responsible for their crimes. Because they are under the age of ‘criminal responsibility’, they can’t be charged with any criminal offence. Therefore police had no choice but to release him without charge.
It is surprising that the child had access to alcohol but even more shocking that this young boy had access to a car and knew how to drive it.
Safety campaigners have stressed the need for road safety educations classes in schools from an early age to point out the dangers of getting behind the wheel when you don’t know what you are doing, especially if you are intoxicated.
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