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Last week the Rocky Mount, North Carolina (N.C.) Police charged 44 year-old Antonia Lawrence with DWI and Child Abuse. The father was arrested for taking his kids along for a ride on his moped while he was intoxicated. He was also cited for riding without a helmet.

According to the Rocky Mount Police, the father, Lawrence, told them he was giving his seven and ten year-old children a ride on his moped when he ran off the side of the road, turning it over in a crash. The father’s two children suffered broken legs but have been listed in stable condition according to the police.

Drivers that carry small children as passengers on motorcycles seem to not think about how careless this is. Small children do not have a chance, even with helmets, in a motorcycle accident. While driving on the freeways I have seen motorcycles exceeding the speed limits and a small child sitting behind the driver. I suppose that maybe the parent is looking at saving gas taking them on the motorcycle; however, the safety factor is not worth the risk, especially at high speed on the freeways.

Adult passengers have a better ability to survive a motorcycle accident and adjust to road conditions, they can see around the driver, a child is riding blind and only secured by his own small hand grip and unable to see any of the surrounding traffic. Riding a motorcycle might thrill a child but the risk is too great. The father of this incident has to carry all the blame and loss for allowing this behavior and accident.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), with an office also in Elizabeth City, in Northeast North Carolina (NC), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our Carolina injury law website is:, the firm edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a YouTube injury law video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.


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