Thursday, August 7, 2008

Grandmother airs out 3-year-old on car roof while tooling around parking lot

A Florida granny was charged with reckless driving for driving with only one hand on the wheel. She was using her free hand to hold her 3-year-old granddaughter onto the roof of her Lexus.

It is a Herculean task to keep some Florida senior citizens off the road. They hold onto their keys like pit bull terriers. Though some elderly drivers retain the dexterity to drive and babysit at the same time, most need to keep both hands safely on the wheel at 10 and 2.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration provides a few tips to senior drivers for safe navigation while transporting rooftop rugrats:
  • Toddlers should be secured on rooftop in a sturdily mounted NHTSA-approved child safety seat. If seats are unavailable, duct tape, bungie cables or tie-down straps may be used.
  • Child should be given sippy cup to avoid spillage and subsequent obscurement of windshield.

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