At least 20 drivers pass within inches of the kid before a police officer come to the rescue.
The problem with being a gearhead as a kid is that you can’t actually get behind the wheel on the road. The frustration of having to wait until you are 16 years old and you can finally get your learner’s permit can be overwhelming.
This three-year old decided he wasn’t going to let his age hold him back any longer, so he ventured out onto the highway on a ride-on toy. His adventure was caught on CCTV.
The incident occurred in the city of Lishui, Zhejiang Province, China. Though the road looks clear at first, it is soon packed with traffic. Cars, bikes, and even a bus pass within inches of the kid, at speed, as he pushes his toy car along, against the flow.
He trundles along for 30 feet (10 meters) or so - plus however far he had traveled before he was picked out by the camera - when a police officer runs out into the road and scoops the boy and his car up. Presumably the officer delivered the child back to his parents, somewhere out of shot. Hopefully they were suitably chastised for letting their toddler put himself in such a dangerous position.
When the footage came to light, China’s World Health Organization representative, Bernhard Schwartlander, wrote in the China Daily: “Much more needs to be done to spur the adoption of measures to raise road safety, especially with respect to children.” He added that 10,000 children die on Chinese roads every year, around one third of them pedestrians.
It is a minor miracle that this child did not become another statistic. Hopefully both he and his parents learned their lesson, but it seems Chinese drivers are the ones really in need of an education. I count at last 20 vehicles that drive past the kid whilst he is on the road, and not one of the drivers thought to stop and get him off the road themselves, or even just try to shield him.