The solution to that quandary for an Ohio couple was having their 15-year-old son take the wheel of the family van to make the trip to Cedar Point from Columbus.
The teen was pulled over for speeding on July 2, doing about 83 in a 70 mph zone. An Ohio State Patrol trooper found the teen, his 12-year-old sister, and their parents, Michelle Kirk, 45, and Timothy McCoy, 54, in the car. The parents were inebriated and the teen didn't have a license or learner's permit. Via the Morning Journal:
“The trooper observed obvious signs of impairment for the parents and administered a portable breath test for both of them,” the report said. Kirk had a blood alcohol content of .265 percent and McCoy had a blood alcohol content of .184 percent, both over the legal limit of .08 percent in Ohio, according to the Patrol.
“Upon questioning all of the individuals, it was learned that the family planned on going to Cedar Point,” the report said. “They left in the early morning hours with the 15-year-old driving.
“He drove all the way from Columbus until the trooper stopped him on SR 2 near Vermilion,” the Patrol reports said. “The boy stated they got lost and had been driving all night.”
The parents have been charged with child endangerment; Kirk has also been charged with wrongful entrustment of a vehicle.