A Russian mum is under investigation by police and childcare officials after a video emerged of her six-year-old son driving a car on a motorway at 130km/h.
Agina Altynbayeva’s son can be seen wearing a blue hat and jacket as he sits behind the wheel of a Hyundai Solaris on a highway in the country’s Tatarstan region.
The speed dial is filmed reaching 130 kilometres per hour, or 80 mph. The area’s limit is 120 kph, or 75 mph. It appears he is sitting on an adult’s lap.
The 29-year-old mother furiously defended her son, who is believed to have had surgery on his eye this year, after she posted the video titled ‘Happy Son’ to social media, drawing intense criticism.
“I live the way I want,” she responded.
“I regret nothing, I am calm about everything.
“I do not need your crippled comments. You have not tried living my life. You don’t have a right to judge me.
“I am proud that my children can easily drive a car,” she added.
Altynbayeva, who has worked in advertising and the car rental business, said that she allowed her children to drive the car as compensation for their father being absent from the family home.
For the same reason, she is teaching them to shoot, she said.
“I love every minute of this life spent with my boys,” she said.
When a commenter told the 29 year old she was being reported to police over the video, she replied: “F*** you all.
“There is a law but it does not say that children can’t go behind the wheel. Let’s compete in who knows traffic rules best.”
She told her critics she did not care about their comments.
“I don’t care what my life looks like.
“I am not interested in your private life and I would like it to be mutual…
“I do everything right, and if you think that I am not right, it is your problem,” she said.
Police and childcare authorities initiated a preliminary investigation after the publication of the video, the Tatarstan Interior Ministry told Tatar-Inform news outlet.
“Traffic police and their childcare colleagues will investigate and announce their decision.”
Earlier in the year, Altynbayeva was criticised for another video showing her driving with her nine-month-old baby sitting on her lap.
Her eldest child is nine years old.
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