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Thursday January 12, 2012

Cop in Violent & Drug Plagued Ciudad Juarez Busy Issuing 6-Year Traffic Ticket for Toy Motorcycle?

Cop in Violent & Drug Plagued Ciudad Juarez Busy Issuing 6-Year Traffic Ticket for Toy Motorcycle?

Photo: 6-Year Old Given Ticket for Toy Motorcycle

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Traffic cops in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital, gave a 6-year-old boy a citation after he crashed his toy motorcyle into an SUV, a police spokeswoman said.

The incident occurred on Dec. 27, when the boy, identified only as Gael, was riding his toy motorcycle in the gated subdivision where his family lives and collided with an SUV that had blown a stop sign, transit police spokeswoman Mayra Maldonado told Efe.

Officers gave the boy a citation for driving without a license and colliding with another vehicle, and charged him for the cost of transporting his toy motorbike to the municipal dump, Maldonado said.

Municipal officials returned the toy motorcycle to the boy the same afternoon and voided the citation after police investigators concluded that the woman driving the SUV was at fault for failing to stop.

The officers who cited the child will be punished for “having acted outside the law,” Ciudad Juarez municipal secretary Hector Arcelus said.

Charging a 6-year-old child with traffic violations was “ridiculous,” the boy’s mother, Karla Noriega, said.

“All I wanted was for them to give my son back his motorcycle and for the fine to be voided. It shows lack of judgment and is ridiculous that they cited Gael since he cannot have a license because he’s only 6,” Noriega told Efe