Parents could be charged for letting kids walk to school
POLICE in a Queensland town are warning parents they could be charged for letting children under 12 walk or ride to school without "proper supervision."
In a school newsletter Miles Police said during regular patrols around the primary school officers noticed "a number of children under the age of 12 walking or riding to school without any proper supervision".
"Kids under 12 can not walk or ride to school alone, there must be some level of supervision," the newsletter read.
"Blatant disregard for this responsibility has already led to criminal charges against a parent in Miles and others could easily face prosecution."
The Queensland Criminal Code reads:
"A person who, having the lawful care or charge of a child uner 12 years, leaves the child for an unreasonable time without making reasonable provision for the supervision and care of the child during that time commits a misdemeanour. Maximum Penalty - 3 years imprisonment."
Speaking on 2GB Miles Police Sergeant Ben Wiltshire said it came down to what was "reasonable"
"There's a different expectation for an 11 year old than there is for a five or six year old," he said.
"That's common sense ... and it actually says in the legislation that whether the time or distance is unreasonable depends on all the relevant circumstances.
"So if you're riding across the road across the road or 100m to the school on a push bike with a group of 11 year olds it's certainly a different case to a five or six year old walking across town completely unsupervised.