Dad Allows 9-Year-Old Son To Be Designated Driver

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – For the second time this month, authorities have charged a father with allowing his 9-year-old child to be a designated driver.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 31-year-old Nathan Sikkenga told troopers after a crash Saturday in Orlando that he and his wife had been drinking, so they had their 9-year-old son drive their van.

Sikkenga was charged with child endangerment.

On Oct. 8, police say a Detroit-area man had his 9-year-old daughter drive him to the store because he had been drinking. That dad has been charged with child abuse and can’t have any contact with his daughter.

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