Massachusetts Man Fights $100 Ticket He Got Driving Wife in Labor to Hospital

Homerboy

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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,462786,00.html



BOSTON ? A man in Massachusetts is appealing a $100 ticket he got for driving to a hospital in the breakdown lane of a gridlocked Boston highway while his wife was in labor.

The Boston Globe reports that a state trooper pulled over John Davis and his wife Jennifer for using the breakdown lane on Nov. 18.

The Dracut man says his wife's contractions were three minutes apart. The couple says the trooper made them wait five to 10 minutes while he wrote a ticket for another car on Route 2, asked to see Jennifer's belly to prove her pregnancy, then issued them a ticket.

The couple made it to Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. Their daughter was born five hours later.

State police say no discipline is likely for the trooper.

repost. See Amused's post below. (Thank you Amused) -Anandtech Moderator DrPizza
 

dainthomas

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"Show me your belly!"

That's kinda weird. Why make her do that if they get a ticket anyway? Sounds like a perv.
 

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That's messed up. He could have offered to take them to hospital, or at the very least, escort them there.
 

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That is a little ridiculous. You'd almost expect the cop to possibly help out by maybe escorting them or something along those lines. At least you'll have something to tell junior when he's older!
 

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Originally posted by: Homerboy
searched "pregnant" "Boston" "cops"

Yeah, the search "feature" here leaves a LOT to be desired.

Wasn't trying to be a repost nazi, just lettin ya know.
 

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I heard that the baby was born 5 hours after getting to the hospital, so it's possible that this wasn't exactly *emergency!!* time. Of course, I have yet to drive a pregnant wife to the hospital, and I imagine when that time comes I might be flipping out and driving over hedges.
 

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Originally posted by: Adam8281
I heard that the baby was born 5 hours after getting to the hospital, so it's possible that this wasn't exactly *emergency!!* time. Of course, I have yet to drive a pregnant wife to the hospital, and I imagine when that time comes I might be flipping out and driving over hedges.

You generally don't know EXACTLY how long its going to take. could be minutes, could be hours/days... who's going to risk it. I don't find driving in the EMERGENCY lane all that horrible of an offense. Sure he should have been pulled over but once they explained the situation to the cop, he should have let them go or more properly given them an escort at a reasonable and controlled speed.
 

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Originally posted by: Adam8281
I heard that the baby was born 5 hours after getting to the hospital, so it's possible that this wasn't exactly *emergency!!* time. Of course, I have yet to drive a pregnant wife to the hospital, and I imagine when that time comes I might be flipping out and driving over hedges.

At the time he was driving her, her contractions were 3 minutes apart. That is by any measure, "panic time."