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Old 04-04-2013, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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There have been many cases of kids getting hold of their parents car keys and then taking their car for a "joyride". All too often the consequences are tragic. I have to ask, should the parents be held responsible? I mean, they left their keys out where the kids could get hold of them. It seems like such a simple thing to secure your keys in a safe when you get home, where innocent children couldn't get to them. Should irresponsible owners be prosecuted? Should there be laws passed to force vehicle owners to secure their car keys in safes when not operating the vehicle?

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Old 09-29-2014, 05:35 AM
 
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Depends on the situation. Case-by-case.
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Missouri
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Agree. It's situational. What parent of a six-year old expects their child to steal their car?
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:57 AM
 
Location: The Republic of Texas
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Good comparison the firearms.

Both deadly, tools.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Democratic Peoples Republic of Redneckistan
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Agree. It's situational. What parent of a six-year old expects their child to steal their car?
I agree with this^ I keep trigger locks on my weapons that are easy access for my rugrats (they can shoot and know better,but that way there's no chance of an "accident" ),but who would think your kid would run off with your truck? A kid that would do that either has poor raising or is destined for the pen one day anyway.
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Old 09-29-2014, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Little Pond Farm
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I was just thinking about this last night after seeing a Hyundai commercial. In the commercial a 4-6 year old is driving a sporty car and loving it. I wondered why Hyundai would make a commercial like this which in MHO is telling little kids it is ok to drive. iI am all for personal responsibility but these commercials make it look like it is normal for a child to drive.
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Old 09-30-2014, 12:40 AM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Kids are kids. Where there is a will, there's a way.

I could add some more old saws, but the fact is there have always been kids who steal their parent's cars ever since the automobile was invented. I lost a childhood friend in the 8th grade who stole his folk's car after an argument and crashed it, going into a turn too fast.

For the first time since the car replaced the horse, we are just around the corner from lots of car theft forever. It won't be long before a car's owner will be able to program his key with a personal code, and without the code, the engine won't turn over. It's kind of like that gun lock muleskinner mentioned.

Of course, it won't stop all kids, but it will stop most of them most of the time.

And if present trends continue, increasingly more kids will use transportation other than cars to get into trouble with in the future.
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Old 09-30-2014, 02:04 AM
 
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"Kids Stealing Parents cars, hold parents responsible??"

Yes. Keep the keys in your pocket or locked up. Some of the little darlings in my community used to sneak cars out. They are now model citizens.
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Old 09-30-2014, 02:09 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Depends on the situation, but yes, the parents should be held responsible because the children are their responsibility.
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