Driving toddler: Police appeal for witnesses to Auckland motorway incident

Police are appealing to the public to help identify a woman who was photographed with a child sitting on her lap on an Auckland motorway and seemingly steering the car.

Another woman, who did not want to be named, saw the Thursday afternoon incident on Auckland's Southern Motorway and put photos on Facebook.

Now police are asking members of the public with information on the incident to come forward. 

While police were not immediately aware of the incident, Auckland Motorways Police Sergeant Andrew Meale has urged anyone with information to contact police. 

"Anyone who may have any information that may assist with the identity of the driver or vehicle to contact Waitemata Police on 09-488 9750 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Driving toddler: Police appeal for witnesses to Auckland motorway incident
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Sgt Meale says the incident is a reminder for drivers to ensure all occupants in a vehicle, including children, are properly restrained and wearing their seatbelts at all times.

"Wearing your seatbelt and making sure your children are properly restrained will keep you and your children safe, as even a low-speed impact can cause a great deal of harm to an unrestrained child."

"Keeping children restrained at all times when they are travelling in a vehicle also reduces the risk of the driver getting distracted, which could potentially pose a risk to the safety of other road users," Sgt Meale says.

The witness told the NZME that the woman in the car next to her had her head down and was on her phone while a child sat on her lap with both hands on the steering wheel.

Driving toddler: Police appeal for witnesses to Auckland motorway incident
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"She moved into the left lane and I got alongside her and I saw her texting on the phone and the kid driving the car, she wasn't even holding the steering wheel," she said.

She said she had previously seen the child moving around the car and "play-fighting" before they jumped into the driver's lap.

While the witness says she was driving herself, she said she felt she needed to take the photos to warn other drivers.

"I grabbed my phone and took a photo but I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

"Obviously it's not the first time she's done it because the kid knew what he was doing."

Newshub has attempted to contact the woman.

Anyone who witnesses dangerous driving is urged to report it to police as soon as it is safe to do so.  

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