Girl Calls 911 on Drunk-Driving Mom -- From the Back Seat of the Car

Sheri Reed
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Jamie Hicks mug shotPicture this. You're 12 years old and you're out driving with mom on a Sunday, late afternoon.

Mom's words are slurred and she's weaving all over the road, tossing you and your sibling all over the back seat.

Yep, she's drunk. Drunk and driving. Oh, mom. This just ain't right. But what's a 12-year-old to do?

Well, one Long Island 12-year-old used her cell phone to call her mom's DUI into the police -- right from the backseat of the car.

After Sunday night and a scenario like the one described above, Mom Jamie Hicks, 48 of New York, is now facing charges of felony drunk driving, which could land her more than a year in jail.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Just a year?

Hicks' 12-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old sibling were in the back of the car when Hicks was arrested and charged for DWI. Her blood alcohol -- twice the legal limit!

Capt. Robert Nuzzo of the New York State Police Department told ParentDish that Hicks was arrested under Leandra's Law, which is a new-since-December New York law that makes it a felony to drive drunk with children in the vehicle.

And still, really? Just a year?

Here's what's amazing about this story -- just think -- kids of an earlier generation would have had no way to report his or her parents for a dangerous act like this. Cell phones have given kids a direct line from their cars and from their homes to reach out for help in situations like this one.

In this case, kudos to cell phones, to tweens with cell phones, and to one very brave tween herself.

Do you know parents who drive while intoxicated with their kids in the car?

 

Image via New York State Police

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