Zug, 26.03.2020

17-year-old caught driving a car

The police stopped a driver who was only 17 years old. He will have to appear before the youth advocate of the canton of Zug. The trip will also have legal consequences for his adult companion.

Last Friday afternoon, March 20, a car caught the attention of patrol of the Zug police on the Chamerstrasse in Zug. During the subsequent check, the driver wasn’t able to present a valid driver's license. As the further investigations by the emergency services showed, this was because he didn’t have one. The driver was only 17 years old.

Investigations by the police in Zug showed that the youngster had driven a car several times and had therefore committed an offence. He will now have to appear before the Youth Advocate of the Canton of Zug, charged with multiple cases of driving without authorisation. He may also face additional charges from the administrative authority (Road Traffic Office). The co-driver, a 20-year-old woman, must also answer to the prosecutor. This is because she allowed the young person to drive her car while knowing that he was not yet authorized to drive. Her vehicle has been impounded.

Law enforcement agencies appeal to parents

With their actions, the parties involved put themselves and other road users at risk. In this context, law enforcement agencies also appeal to parents to inform their children of the dangers and possible consequences of such misconduct. In the event of an accident, the costs of civil rights, which may also be charged to the parents, should not be underestimated. The law thereby not only criminalizes taking a vehicle, but also riding in such a vehicle. The vehicle keys must be deposited in such a way that they cannot be used independently by the children.