(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – THE Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago yesterday condemned the actions of a driver following a video posted to social media which showed a small boy standing on the sidestep of a moving Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV.
In a news release, the authority said it could have resulted in serious harm or even death to the child.
The authority has since reported the incident to the police.
“Section 4 of the Children Act, 2012 states it is a criminal offence to expose a child in a manner likely to cause suffering or injury to the child’s health, and if found guilty the person is liable to a fine of $5,000 and to imprisonment for six years, or to a fine of $50,000 and imprisonment for ten years,” the authority stated.
It was in high praise of the member of the public who intervened and chastised the driver, which resulted in the dangerous action being discontinued.
The authority called on citizens to respond in a similar way, as “Child protection is everyone’s business.”
The Children’s Authority reminded members of the public that they can make a report to the authority’s hotline at 996 or 800-2014, or the police at 999 if they suspect a child is being abused or in danger.