An 11 year old boy has been pulled over by police after his family gave him a driving lesson to stop him playing PlayStation all day.
Officers caught the youngster behind the wheel in a car park in Blackpool yesterday, with a family member reported for traffic offences.
But the adult driver said as they were so fed-up with him playing Grand Theft Auto they decided to test his driving skills in a real car.
Posting on Twitter, a spokesperson for the police said: “The driver of this car was 11-years-old. Yes, eleven.
“A family member was fed up with the child playing Grand Theft Auto all day on the Playstation, so brought him out to practice driving on a car park in Blackpool.
“The adult has been reported for traffic offences.”
Social media users have been quick to blast the dangerous behaviour, with one person saying: “Seriously 11? Really don’t get why an eleven year old was behind the wheel.”
Another joked: “They do driving lessons for children aged 10 and over in Bolton. He should have just booked the kid on one of those.”
But some people saw no issues with the lessons.
One person said: “Back in the day this was normal, apart from the gaming bit.”
You can apply for a provisional driving licence when you’re 15 years and nine months old.
But you have to wait until you turn 16 before riding a moped or 17 before driving a car on a public road in Great Britian and Northern Ireland.
Normal traffic laws, including those relating to age, do not apply on private land.
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