According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a man found riding a motorcycle with two young children without helmets was stopped and charged with gross misdemeanor child endangerment. While people should be permitted to make their own poor choices regarding helmets, riding with two unprotected children is absolutely insane.
On August 3, 2012 at approximately 8:22 p.m., a Mendota Heights officer was on routine patrol on Highway 13, Mendota Heights, Dakota County, Minnesota, when he observed a motorcycle occupied by an adult male and two very small children traveling northbound on Highway 13 South. He noticed a female child was seated in front of the driver and a male child was seated behind the driver. The female child was discovered to be 3 years old. The male child was age 5. The driver was identified as Michael Bruce Johnson.
The officer noticed that none of the occupants were wearing head gear and only the driver was wearing eye protection. After making these observations, the officer turned his vehicle around to catch up with the motorcycle. He indicated he had to travel at a high rate of speed to catch up with the motorcycle. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the motorcycle. He noticed the child on the rear of the motorcycle was unable to reach his feet to the foot rests, and there was not a footrest for the female child.
What would possibly posses a 44 year old man to load a three and five year old on his motorcycle and take a ride? And seriously? Only a gross misdemeanor?! Isn’t there anything Backstrom could come up with which would put this guy away for more than a year? What do you think?