The Arizona Daily Independent spotted a YouTube user’s video from this weekend showing a young boy driving a vehicle in the hustle and bustle of Phoenix, Ariz.
The YouTube user who uploaded the video, “harmless bunny,” claims that he filmed the incident during rush hour.
The brief video shows the little kid sitting in the driver’s seat of a small silver SUV — his hands firmly gripping the steering wheel at the recommended “10 and 2” position. The sky is a dingy blue. The vehicle the kid is driving and other cars have their lights on.
“There’s a kid driving that car right there,” the man filming narrates as the SUV pulls up.
“Dude, you’re gonna get someone fuckin’ killed man,” he shouts out to a man in the passenger seat who appears to be the child’s father.
It’s difficult to understand the response of the man in the passenger seat. According to the guy who filmed it, the man says, “I have my hand on the e-brake.”
“Okay, dude,” the man filming then urges. “That’s not safe, man. Come on, dude. It’s rush hour. There’s a lot of cars, dude.”
Phoenix, the largest city in Arizona, is home to 1.51 million people.
The incident occurred near the intersection of 16th Street and McDowell at approximately 6:30 p.m., the YouTube video webpage claims. That intersection features two Mexican restaurants and a Shell gas station.
The video, posted on Friday, has already gone fairly viral — collecting over 120,000 views and counting.
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, the minimum age for driving a car in Arizona is 16. Drivers under the age of 18 face stringent requirements.
Joint and several liability attaches to anyone who knowingly allows someone under the age of 16 to drive in the state.