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Although parents should teach their kids how to drive, one mother was arrested for starting way too soon. Kwanique Glenn, 25, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, would have gotten away with it too, if only it weren't for that pesky thing called social media.
Back in October 2016, when Glenn arrived at the bus stop to pick up her son, she decided to let her 7-year-old boy take the wheel and drive them home. When police discovered what had occurred, thanks to Officer Social Media, Glenn was taken into custody for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and allowing an unauthorized person to drive. As of last week, Glenn pled no contest to the charges and was convicted and sentenced to a year of probation.
Glenn took a video of her son driving and posted the video to Facebook along with a comment that is either boasting or joking about her son's driving. From there, the video found its way onto YouTube, which allowed police to see Glenn's video. Obviously, police did not find the video amusing, and promptly arrested Glenn.
While Glenn's son certainly appears to be doing just fine behind the wheel, the video shows one extraordinarily alarming fact: Glenn's son was not wearing a seatbelt!
Across the country, parents are teaching their teenage children to drive. But parents need to be careful about getting in legal trouble, and potentially getting their child in legal trouble. Driving laws are different in every state, and every state has its own rules about how and when an unlicensed driver can be behind the wheel. While a parent might just get a slap on the wrist, their child could be forced to delay getting a learner's permit or even their actual driver's license as a result of a pre-learners permit traffic violation.
While teaching an unpermitted teenager to drive might not be considered contributing to the delinquency of a minor, in every state, or in every scenario, it very well could still qualify as allowing an unauthorized driver to drive (which is illegal in most, if not all, states). Parents should consult their state's department of motor vehicles' website to learn more about their specific state's laws about teaching teens to drive.
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