Thousands of Facebook users responded to the CHP post, with many accusing the CHP of mom-shaming.
“There is no way for a parent to know exactly what their child is doing at all times AND be an attentive driver. It’s an unfortunate situation and you handled it well at the scene, but you missed the mark with your blame game. The parent’s attention was where it was supposed to be…. on the road,” wrote one Facebook user.
Another said: “A little unfair to expect a parent to be aware of exactly what your child is doing in the back seat while they are trying to concentrate on traffic and the road ahead of them! Better to teach children how dangerous and problematic this kind of behavior is.”
Others felt police let the child off too easy, with some saying she should have to give back to the community.
One person wrote, “Fine the driver (mom) or give her a ticket. Make that child work some hours of community service. ‘I’m sorry’ doesn’t cut it. That child needs some repercussions. She’s old enough to write, she can work in the community.”