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Skills of 9-year-old designated driver could determine dad's fate

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM
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The fate of a father who allowed his 9-year-old daughter serve as designated driver could turn on her abilities behind the wheel of the van, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The 9-year-old, who took the stand at her father's hearing in Brownstown Township on Tuesday, was captured on surveillance video pulling the vehicle into a gas station in suburban Detroit at 3 a.m. with her father, Shawn Weimer, in the passenger seat.

A judge must decide whether to send the case to circuit court as a felony. Weimer, 39, is charged with felony child abuse in the second degree, allegedly having "knowingly or intentionally" committed an act "likely to cause serious physical or mental harm."

But the defense is arguing that the girl drove flawlessly at 3 a.m., neither swerving nor speeding, using her turn signal and stopping at intersections.

Without the likelihood of serious harm during the incident, the defense argues, the case should be treated as a misdemeanor since .


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http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/11/skills-of-9-year-old-designated-driver-could-determine-dads-fate-/1


Thoughts?


Separate but related....should driving be more about ability and less about age? Should we use something similar to the snap shot that Progressive uses to prove a driver is worthy or is that going to extremes to protect the public? 

Should there be an obstacle course test that one a person can do it in a short period of time they are deemed worthy to drive that must be taken every year to prove driving abilities?

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