Police fine better than snowmobile death

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by admin on February 24, 2010

The Editor,

In response to the letter concerning the police fining a family for letting their nine-year-old boy drive the Ski Doo on the lake (Police state keeps kids in perpetual childhood, Feb. 17 edition), I agree that there is a time and place for the police to step in.

The article said that the boy (average weight for nine-year old boy 50-75 lbs) was riding on his own on a Ski Doo MXZ 600 (review of the 2006 model lists top speed of 101.75 mph or about 165 km/h) with his helmet not strapped on.

I personally would much rather read an article about our local police fining a family for their “unwise” (read: dangerous) decision, than read an article about a child injured or killed in a snowmobiling accident.

This is not a case of the police infringing on our human rights any more than the lifeguard who stops a child who can’t swim from jumping into the deep end of the pool.

John Parker

Wakefield, Quebec