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11-Year-Old Drives Car After Family Get Sick Of Him Playing GTA

11-Year-Old Drives Car After Family Get Sick Of Him Playing GTA

Lancaster police had a bit of a shock recently when they pulled over a red Vauxhall Astra in a car park in Blackpool... only to discover an 11-year-old lad behind the wheel. Taking to social media, Lancs Road Police revealed that the young boy had been given permission to practise driving around the car park from a family member who was sick of him playing Grand Theft Auto all day long.

As far as disciplinary measures go, I have to say it's pretty innovative. When I got addicted to playing the 2000 Spider-Man game on PlayStation back in the day, my dad just turned off the console and told me to go outside. I wonder what might have been if he'd instead dressed me up like a spider and told me to go practice fighting crime IRL. Alas, we'll never know.


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"The driver of this car was 11-years-old. Yes, eleven," tweeted the police. "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."

I'm assuming the police mean Grand Theft Auto V, but since they didn't specify, none of us can be sure. Could've been any of the games in the series for all we know, but I guess that's not really the issue, is it?

To be fair to whichever family member thought this would be a good idea, it looks like the kid was only being taught to drive in and around the car park. I can't imagine anyone was intending for him to take to any actual roads. Regardless, having a minor behind the wheel of a vehicle is clearly considered something of a party foul by law enforcement, regardless of location.

Presumably following this incident, the kid will be allowed to go back to playing GTA (a PEGI 18-rated game, lest we forget, parents) for as long as he likes. And he got to sit behind the wheel of a real car for a bit while the adult responsible faces the actual punishment. I'd say it's something of a win-win for our young driver. Let's just be thankful he wasn't encouraged to get involved with any of the other activities GTA is known for.

Featured Image Credit: Rockstar Games

Topics: Rockstar Games, GTA V, Grand Theft Auto

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.