Picture of kids on scooter raises safety concerns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A picture that popped up online is raising some serious safety concerns.

People are calling the picture scary, saying the adults should be held responsible for putting the kids in danger. It looks like a family of four, including two small children, all sitting on one scooter.

Someone shared the picture on Facebook with the caption: Only in Burque.

“Just think about what could happen,” Clara Wisoff said. “Just scary.”

The man who posted the picture said his friend took it on Tuesday at the intersection of Bridge and Goff.

“You could be driving and someone could cut you off and, with two small children like that, I would never allow that,” Andrea Vasquez said.

Albuquerque Police agree there is something wrong with this picture, a few things actually.

“If they were involved in a traffic crash or fell over or whatever the case may be, those two small children aren’t in car seats and they’re not wearing helmets,” said Ofc. Fred Duran.

Then, there’s the fact that they are all piled on at once.

“Two-wheel vehicles are meant for one or two people. They’re not meant for children to be on,” Ofc. Duran said.

“They’re not in any way safe or secure for children to be on and that’s what people need to think about.”

In fact, he said putting kids in danger like that amounts to child abuse, which would also mean a call to CYFD.

“If an officer sees it, it will be stopped because it’s not acceptable,” Ofc. Duran said.

A reminder for parents, New Mexico law requires children 7 and under, or kids who may be older but weigh less than 60 pounds, to ride in a car seat or booster seat.

A few years ago, a similarly concerning picture caused an uproar online.

Someone on Facebook shared a photo of a woman sitting on the back of a motorcycle with a baby nestled in a sling.

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