A lot of things can cause angst in the heart of a parent. If you happen to have a teenager at home, this statement carries special significance.
You know who you are, and others get it. Almost daily, you’re forced to contend with some seriously eyebrow-raising behavior.
Maybe your daughter took her latest selfie hanging out a second-story window. Maybe your son attempted a graduation backflip and plummeted right off the stage.
E! News documents questionable choices like these in an amusingly lengthy list. But as reported by the New York Daily News, one sobering story involved a young man who thought it was funny to film himself driving erratically.
You guessed it — this kiddo caused a multi-vehicle accident. There’s a reason moms and dads feel especially weak-kneed when their adolescent holds up that newly minted driver’s license.
Officer Ken Manthey is the chief of police in Portage, Wisconsin. According to local NBC affiliate WMTV, he recently decided to post a community service reminder about youngsters making smart driving choices.
But Manthey opted to do so in an extremely endearing way. And his sweet approach is making people smile all across social media.
“I always joke that drivers keep looking younger and younger to us,” Manthey told WMTV. “So we decided to do a spoof on traffic stops.”
Manthey’s first step was to recruit a couple pretend perpetrators. The finalists?
Two adorable little boys in a pint-sized white sports car. These kiddos took off speeding across the neighborhood, with Manthey’s unmarked patrol car in hot pursuit.
Eventually, the mischievous culprits were cornered in a local driveway. Manthey pulled them over, and provided a fatherly reprimand.
Both boys smiled sheepishly as Manthey approached the miniature vehicle. “Do you know why I stopped you?” asked the officer.
In response to their silence, Manthey offered the answer. “You were going too fast,” he explained. “You were going 35 in a 25.”
After making sure the tiny toy car wasn’t stolen, Manthey asked to see a license. “How long have you been driving?” he inquired.
The answer prompted an immediate chuckle. “About 20 minutes,” the taller youngster said with disarming candor.
In the end, this free-wheeling duo was released with a warning. “My wife recorded it,” Manthey explained, “and gave us permission for us to put that on our Facebook page for some humor.”
Social media users are definitely tickled, and that’s prompted numerous likes and shares. In the end, Manthey’s low-key approach is providing young drivers with a gentle warning about making safe decisions on the road.
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