Just read this article and am curious, what do you think about this father's reasoning?!
I think that while an 11 year old may be able to operate a vehicle around the farm, that doesn' mean they have the maturity needed to drive on the roads, especially with an intoxicated father in the passenger seat.
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25-03-2012 21:52 #1
What is your opinion
25-03-2012 22:05 #2
25-03-2012 22:13 #3
She just rocked up at the pub to pick him up??
He didn't ask her to?
-- I call big fat liar
Ofcourse kids out on farms etc learn how to drive cars and motorbikes... still illegal for them to drive amongst traffic on the road - so what's his point?
25-03-2012 22:18 #4
25-03-2012 22:25 #5
Very strange, not to mention dangerous
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25-03-2012 22:44 #6
Poor girl. This story screams neglect. That is all i have to say
25-03-2012 22:47 #7
An 11yo isn't old enough to deal with the consequences of any accident they may have on a public road. Stupid man.
25-03-2012 22:52 #8
25-03-2012 23:02 #9Senior Member
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My brother had his drivers licence (in NZ) at 15yo, then we moved to Australia. He was legally allowed to drive in Australia for three months, and was a safe careful driver. He then had to wait until he was 18yo to get an Australian drivers licence to drive again.
At 18yo, he was influenced by peer pressure and teen craziness and thus was not as safe a driver as he was at 15yo. However, because he had the previous driving experience, he was safer than many Australian 18yo's that were just learning but also subject to peer pressure and teen craziness.
At the time, my father commented on this phenomenom considerably, and I agreed. It would've been safer for children to get their licences at 15 so they could be experienced drivers before the crazy teen years set in. However, as the years have rolled on, children are getty crazy younger and younger. A 15yo now is just as likely to be a crazy teen as an 18yo back then.
The only way to predate teen craziness would be to allow 10-11yo's to get their licence, but I can understand why that is not reccommended. I've read several articles suggesting that children should not cross the road alone (without an adult) until they are 10yo, so allowing the average 10yo to drive would be foolhardy.
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