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Woman cited after dropping child off at school on four-wheeler

Friday, April 19, 2013

A Dyer County woman received a traffic citation this week after she reportedly used an ATV four-wheeler to drive her child to school.

On Wednesday morning, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers were at Finley Elementary promoting the use of child-passenger restraint devices. Troopers were checking to make sure parents were using the proper safety equipment while transporting their children to school.

Shortly before classes began, one woman drove into the school's drop-off zone on a four-wheeler. She dropped her child off and was stopped by the troopers. THP Sgt. Robert Moore said the woman was cited for driving an off-road vehicle on a roadway and was ticketed into Dyer County General Sessions Court.

"In all of my years on the job, I've never seen anything quite like it," said Moore.

On January 1, 1978, Tennessee became the first state in the nation to require the use of safety seats for child passengers.

Tennessee law states:

 Children under one year of age, or any child, weighing 20 pounds or less, must be secured in a child passenger restraint system in a rear facing position, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards, in a rear seat, if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer's instructions. (Note: If the child safety seat has a higher rear-facing weight rating, usually 30 or 35 pounds, it may be continued to be used in a rear-facing position so long as the child's weight permits. Check the manufacturers instructions accompanying the child safety seat for more information.)

 Children age one through age three, and weighing more than 20 pounds, must be secured in a child safety seat in a forward facing position in the rear seat, if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer's instructions.

 Children age four through age eight , and measuring less than four feet nine inches (4'9") in height, must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat system, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards in the rear seat, if available, or according to the child safety restraint system or vehicle manufacturer's instructions. (Note: If the child is not between age four and age eight, but is less than four feet nine inches (4'9") in height, he/she must still use a seat belt system meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.)

 Children age nine through age 12, or any child through 12 years of age, measuring four feet nine inches (4'9") or more in height, must be secured in a seat belt system. It is recommended that any such child be placed in the rear seat, if available. (Note: If the child is not between age 9 and age 12, but is four feet nine inches (4'9") or more in height, he/she must still use a seat belt system meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.)

 Children age 13 - 15 must be secured by using a passenger restraint system, including safety belts, meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.


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at least she got him/ her to school....better than some parents do!!!!!!!!!!!

should have given her/him a warning first!

-- Posted by TnWanderer on Fri, Apr 19, 2013, at 11:10 AM

This is one for Jeff Foxworthy to add to his "You might be a redneck" line of jokes.

-- Posted by sheepdog on Fri, Apr 19, 2013, at 2:30 PM

certainly hope that 'in all ur years' robert, that's the worst thing u'll see!

-- Posted by closerlook on Fri, Apr 19, 2013, at 3:39 PM

Stick around.You might see anything in this county.

Just spend a few minutes at Walmart.

-- Posted by jms58 on Fri, Apr 19, 2013, at 5:58 PM

Hey sgt moore, I drive my kid around on a 4 wheeler all the time, he loves it, come on over and cite me, jerk. Common sense allude you?

-- Posted by liveshere on Fri, Apr 19, 2013, at 8:29 PM

There's a reason four wheelers are "off-the-road" vehicles. Common sense tells you that they're not safe on the road with cars and trucks which go faster and might not be able to stop if coming around a curve or over a hill and see a four wheeler. I know someone who was killed just driving a few yards to her house on one when a car suddenly came upon her and was unable to stop. I would think a parent would care more for the child's safety than allowing the child to do what they think is fun. Children aren't mature enough to make those kind of decisions and apparently there are adults who aren't either. The trooper who gave the ticket wasn't a jerk for doing so and WAS using common sense.

-- Posted by realworld on Sat, Apr 20, 2013, at 12:59 AM

I think giving her a ticket is "over the top." Perhaps Moore is bucking for attention.

-- Posted by Danillo57 on Sat, Apr 20, 2013, at 7:35 AM

At least she got her

child to school

-- Posted by sealim on Sat, Apr 20, 2013, at 11:02 AM

It is apparent that some of Dyer County's residents are just uneducated, redneck, idiots.

If you ride your child on your ATV you are not only violating the manufacturers design and warnings but the law as well.

Certainly if you do this, you are off the public streets where other motor vehicles can not collide with you, and hopefully you and your child wear a helmet. (Probably not)

If not, then it is a matter of time until the SG headline will read, "Child Killed and Parent in Critical Condition after ATV Collides with Motorist"

Then if you are able to speak from your brain injury, explain to everyone how the total blame of this tragedy is your poor parenting and lack of common sense.

-- Posted by sheepdog on Sat, Apr 20, 2013, at 1:00 PM

The kid got to school. whats the fuss about? things couldve went bad, but couldve never did. geez.

-- Posted by movingfaraway on Sat, Apr 20, 2013, at 11:29 PM

SITE the stupid idiots who let their kids run the street smoking dope and not in school. Just drive around and see all these kids not in school. THEN you might wish they had a parent who was doing their best to get their child to school. Next time let the child stay home and see if the school calls..then you tell them why your child is not in school...BETTER YET...CALL THE POLICE TO TAKE YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL.

-- Posted by TnWanderer on Sat, Apr 20, 2013, at 11:50 PM

She is lucky that she wasnt bombarded by federal,state, and city officials about the incident!

-- Posted by movingfaraway on Mon, Apr 22, 2013, at 1:35 PM


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