US transportation secretary slams Spears

US Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has slammed Britney Spears for driving with her infant son on her lap.

The government official made his comments during an event at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania yesterday, to mark the start of Child Passenger Safety Week.

Mineta says, "Recent photos of Britney Spears driving with her infant son on her lap are troubling.

"And while Ms Spears has acknowledged her mistake, her actions still send the wrong message to millions of her fans."

Mineta chided Spears for being "irresponsible", as he announced a new initiative to improve child car-seat safety.

He adds: "No matter who you are, there's absolutely no excuse for this display - not instinct, not fear, not even reckless paparazzi.

"It's irresponsible to compromise the safety of a child for the sake of the moment."

Spears apologised for her actions last week after she was spotted driving through Malibu, California to escape photographers with her infant son, Sean Preston, on her lap.

More in this Section

Liam Gallagher: I think Noel is having a mid-life crisisLiam Gallagher: I think Noel is having a mid-life crisis

Chris O'Dowd reacts to Emmy win and meeting people from Cork in hilarious TweetChris O'Dowd reacts to Emmy win and meeting people from Cork in hilarious Tweet

Christie Brinkley’s daughter filling in for her on DWTS after injuryChristie Brinkley’s daughter filling in for her on DWTS after injury

BBC scraps public vote used to select UK’s Eurovision entryBBC scraps public vote used to select UK’s Eurovision entry


Lifestyle

It still surprises me as I am achingly private and do not enjoy being at the centre of attention.This Much I Know: Actor Aislin McGuckin

Bride Geraldine O’Donovan felt as wonderful as she looked on her big day — knowing she was supporting a cause close to her heart as she donned her wedding gown.Wedding on the Week: Supporting a cause close to their hearts

I did my Leaving Cert in June and have just started college this week, so my school experience is extremely fresh in my memory. I went to Davis College in Mallow and it was a fantastic experience. I was the loud obnoxious child at the back of the classroom from day one. I had to (and still do, by the way) have an opinion on everything.Stand up and be counted : The Young Offender's Demi Isaac Oviawe on college and school life

When I was in secondary school I started working part-time as a waitress and I suppose I caught the hospitality bug back then.You've been served: General manager at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Caitriona O’Keeffe

More From The Irish Examiner