(CNN) -- A pregnant woman and her husband are rushing to the hospital in the breakdown lane of a Massachusetts highway.
The story comes from the Boston Globe. Yes, the couple is going fast. Yes, they're in the breakdown lane. But the woman is in labor, there's a big traffic jam, and they're in a considerable hurry for fairly obvious reasons.
So they pull up behind a state trooper to ask for his help in getting to the hospital. Do they get his help? They do not. They get a ticket instead, for $100, and have to wait while the cop finishes the ticket he was already writing for someone else.
And after this woman in labor and her husband have been made to cool their heels and have been slapped with a $100 dollar ticket -- after all that -- the trooper tops it off by asking Jennifer Davis, the woman in question, to prove she was pregnant.
This is an example of why I have less than warm feelings for the media. Ms. Brown quotes The Boston Globe
as the source for her commentary but she cleverly leaves a few facts out of her version - perhaps to make it a little more inflammatory? She conveniently forgets to mention that the officer had the citation MAILED to Davis and the total time the couple was delayed was a whopping 5-10 minutes. Also, from Campbell's version, you'd think the couple made it to the hospital with just moments to spare. When did mom actually give birth? 5 hours later. Wow, that was a close one. Oh, and how far away was the hospital they chose to handle the delivery? A mere 30 miles. So instead of questioning some perhaps poor decision making on the part of the Davis', let's chastise a cop for doing his job.
As for the officer asking her to open her jacket, so what? You wouldn't believe the lengths people go to to illegally skirt traffic jams. I've stopped car pool lane violators who had blow up dolls and mannequins seat belted in the passenger seat. I've stopped "mom's" with car seats in the back seat occupied by a plastic, infant-sized doll. I could go on but you get the drift.
I've stopped numerous erratic drivers who were rushing to the hospital with what they deemed was a "life threatening" injury or illness and each time it has been anything but. The danger they were putting themselves and other drivers in far out weighed the "emergency situation" they thought they were in.
The bottom line to this story is, the couple was driving in violation of a MA
traffic law and the cop was well within his rights to issue them a ticket. Instead, he detained them just long enough to get the necessary information to mail them a ticket and sent them on their way. They can have their day in court, should they see fit. Maybe next time the Davis' will remember three little numbers rather than endanger themselves, their unborn child, and countless other motorists on the road: 9-1-1
The Boston Globe story: