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6-year-old boy calls police after father violates traffic signal

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BOSTON: A police dispatcher outside Boston got an unexpected call last weekend when a 6-year-old boy dialed 911 to alert them that his father had run a red light on the way to the car wash, according to a recording posted online by the Quincy Police Department.

“Daddy went past a red light. My daddy went past a red light,” the boy said in the recording. “It was in a brand-new car, my mommy’s car.”

The operator then asked to speak with the father, who seemed unsurprised when he learned of his son’s call, according to the recording and a report in the Boston Globe.

CHICAGO - APRIL 20:  A traffic light controls the flow of vehicles and pedestrians April 20, 2005 near downtown Chicago, Illinois. According to a survey released today, the nation?s traffic signals are mostly inefficient, leading to unnecessary delays, wasted fuel and increased air pollution as vehicles constantly stop and go.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The man apologized and the police dispatcher told him not to worry, that he simply wanted to make sure everyone was OK.

The Globe on Thursday identified the caller as Robbie Richardson, who told the newspaper he wants to go into police work when he grows up.

(Quincy, MA 06/01/16)  6 year old Robbie Richardson and his father Mike near family car at their home on Wednesday, June 01, 2016. Staff photo by Patrick Whittemore.

His father, Michael Richardson, told the newspaper his son had warned him that he had planned to call police. “He’s a smart kid,” the father said. “When he says he’s going to do something, he does it,”

Richardson could not be reached for immediate comment.

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