Hong Kong couple banned from driving for letting infant steer car

2011-11-25 07:13

A Hong Kong couple were today banned from driving after letting their 18-month-old son steer their BMW car in an incident that was filmed and uploaded onto YouTube.

Yu Cho-kwong (32) and wife Ng Lai-wah (27) were both banned for six months and each ordered to do 160 hours’ community service by the city’s Kwun Tong court.

Estate agent Yu sat the baby boy on his lap and allowed him to steer the car while wife Ng filmed on a cellphone camera from the back seat.

The video was uploaded to YouTube in August and widely viewed.

The video shows Yu controlling the foot pedals and helping the infant steer along a stretch of quiet road before coming to a stop behind a minibus.

Police investigated the incident and tracked the couple down after internet viewers attacked the couple’s actions and called them “brainless”.

The magistrate at today’s hearing told the couple, who admitted charges of dangerous driving and aiding and abetting dangerous driving, that their actions endangered other road users.Dangerous driving carries a maximum penalty of three years’ jail in Hong Kong.

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