06/24/2015 02:38 EDT | Updated 06/24/2016 05:59 EDT

RCMP find boy playing in a box after pulling over Airdrie speeder

Alberta RCMP are reminding grown-ups they are the boss.

A press release sent out Wednesday urges parents to stand up to their kids, especially when it comes to keeping them safe after a driver was pulled over for speeding in Airdrie on Tuesday.

The officer noticed a cardboard box in the back seat was moving when suddenly, a small hand popped out of the top and waved at Sgt. Darrin Turnbull.

"The driver told me the child had refused to stay in the child seat and wanted to play in the box," said Turnbull in the press release.

The preschool-aged child had successfully fought to let fun rule over safety.

"It was obvious who was in charge of things in that vehicle — but the adult got the ticket," said Turnbull.

The driver, who can't be named in order to protect the identity of the child, was charged with speeding and failing to properly secure a child in a vehicle.

"I know it is sometimes easier to just give in, but when it comes to safety of a child, the adults and not the kids must be in charge," he added.