Good lord! The outrageous excuse of the driver to drive his van with NINE unrestrained children
- A driver has been charged after the police found 10 unbridled passengers in the car
- Driver apologized to officers that they were late for church after stopping Saturday
- The 45-year-old man from St. Clair was accused of 10 violations for incident
A driver is caught behind the wheel with nine unrestrained children piled in his van – including a newborn baby.
The van was stopped Saturday morning by officers of the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command near Penrith, west of Sydney.
Although there were only eight seats in the van, officers discovered that there were 10 passengers in the car plus the driver – who was the only person wearing a seat belt.
Officers noted that a 34-year-old passenger was sitting in the front seat without a seat belt.
When asked why there were so many people in the van and why they were not properly protected, the driver gave the excuse because they “were late for the church.”
A driver is trapped behind the wheel with 10 unrestrained passengers piled in his van – including a newborn baby
In the middle row there was a child, five years old, who was sitting unrestrained in a booster seat that was also not anchored to the van.
An unsecured 11 year old was seen with a one month old baby.
A 12-year-old also sat in the middle row, no seat belt and a toddler in her arms.
A seven-year-old sat in the legroom.
In the rear row of seats in the van stood a four-year-old unrestrained in a booster seat.
There was also a three-year-old in an unconfirmed booster seat and a six-year-old who was not wearing a seat belt.
The driver, a 45-year-old man from St. Clair, faces the Penrith Local Court on Thursday charged with 10 offenses, including driving with unlimited passengers
“I hope the driver loses his driver’s license and imposes a huge fine. That is ridiculous and so dangerous! said a person in response to a message about the incident.
The police urged drivers to ensure that all passengers are detained before they drive and to never exceed the intended seating capacity.
The driver, a 45-year-old man from St. Clair, will be accused on Thursday of 10 local penalties in Penrith’s local court, including unlimited passengers.
There is also a risk report for the incident by the police.