- Aug 1, 2006
Didn't Mercedes try that?
Driver fined after boy caught filming through sunroof on Sea Cliff Bridge
A man has been fined after he was caught driving across Sea Cliff Bridge while a 12-year-old boy stood up through the sunroof and filmed on his mobile phone
The incident, which happened about 8am on Tuesday in the southbound lane of the Coalcliff Bridge, was among a number of statewide road events that prompted yet another police warning about dangerous driving.
The 46-year-old driver, from Barden Ridge (in the Sutherland Shire) was issued an infringement for having an unrestrained child in the car.
Source: Illawarra Mercury
This wouldn't have even been a story when I was a kid...
Well, no, of course not. Things were different back then. It was normal for kids to ride in the back of a ute (pickup) or panel van when I was a kid. But then, it was also normal for the road toll to be much higher back then than it is now. For all the talk about "nanny states" and over-protectiveness, the reality is that basic safety requirements such as requiring children to remain INSIDE moving vehicles are a no-brainer and any parent in this day and age who would get their son to stand up through a sun roof should be charged with child endangerment.