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13-year-old girl drives into cyclist

Canberra police are investigating why the girl's father, who was in the passenger seat, allowed a 13 year old to drive...

Aussie police are investigating after a cyclist was hit by a car driven by a 13-year-old girl in Canberra.

The girl’s 50-year-old father was in the passenger seat when the collision took place on Saturday afternoon at the junction of Cowper Street and Dickson Place.

A 24-year-old male cyclist was injured when the girl turned right across his path. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Community and Safety Superintendent Rob Wilson said police would now investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and the appropriate actions to take.

“Police will be investigating this incident to understand how a 13-year-old girl came to be driving a car with her father beside her.”

“The road rules are in place to minimise injury and death on our roads – no one is safe to drive before they have gone through the appropriate road ready training. The responsibility of road safety is too great a burden to sit on the shoulders of a 13-year-old girl,” Superintendent Wilson said.

 

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antigee | 8 years ago
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Not sure on the road rules for Canberra which is in ACT but most states have a principle for prosecuting road offences that takes into account that you shouldn't benefit from further breaking the law - so the offence will be treated as if the "supervisor" was the driver and pretty sure would be alcohol and drugs tested 

ps might have have been from way out visiting - pretty common for kids on remote  station (ranches) to drive on private land maybe an hour to a road and school bus stop 

 

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Richard D | 8 years ago
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Australia hates cyclists so much that they're even allowing children to run them over now?  Blimey, that's a step beyond anything my pessimistic imagination could have come up with.

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hawkinspeter | 8 years ago
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More importantly, was the cyclist wearing a helmet?

I also hope the dad got breathalised. The only reason I can think of for the dad to say that the 13 year old was driving would be to escape justice for being unfit to drive himself. They should revoke his driving privileges for allowing a 13 year old to take control of his vehicle.

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brooksby | 8 years ago
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I hope the cyclist is OK.  I also hope that the Aussie authorities come down like a ton of bricks on the 50 year old father in the passenger seat.  I also wonder whether Dad got breathalised -  would be interesting to know, dontcha think?

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