A Sydney motorist has asked to be let off with a warning after he was caught driving with four unrestrained children crammed into the back of their car on New Year’s Day.
NSW Police’s Traffic and Highway Patrol Command officers pulled over the vehicle for a random breath test in Peakhurst, in the city’s southwest, before discovering the children in the rear of the car alongside a 27-year-old woman who also did not have a seatbelt on.
Two of the children were five years old, with one of them positioned in the footwell of the car.
There were no child seats installed in the vehicle.
There were also two teenage girls, aged 13 and 15, unrestrained in the back.
The male driver lost his licence after he was slapped with 30 demerit points – double the amount the five offences for unrestrained passengers would normally incur due to the Christmas and New Year double-demerit period.
The double-demerit period ended for NSW motorists at midnight on Wednesday.
The driver was also hit with a fine of $1720, while the woman received a fine of $344.
The man had asked officers to be let off with a warning for the offences.
Alternative transport was arranged for the extra passengers.
Police shared an image of the passengers inside the vehicle on Facebook, prompting comments of disbelief.
“Totally irresponsible driver and to ask to be given a warning, you gotta be kidding,” one person wrote.
“Why do people think this is OK?” another asked.
It comes just days after a driver in Newcastle also lost their licence for a similar scenario.
Inside the rear of his vehicle were three children aged 1, 3 and 4 without the required child seats.
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