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    Thumbs down Mass State Police issue ticket to woman in labor

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    Boston Globe
    Dec. 4. 2008: Three weeks ago, stranded in bumper-to-bumper traffic, state troopers told a pregnant woman and her husband they could drive slowly on the shoulder of Route 2 in Boston to get to the hospital faster since the woman was in labor. Todays Worst Person in the World wouldnt let it be that easy.

    Jennifer Davis was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on Nov. 18, her contractions just 3 minutes apart. Her husband, John, was trying to appear calm for his wife's sake, driving in the breakdown lane of Route 2. They pulled up behind a state trooper to ask whether they could continue using the lane to reach the next exit, near Alewife Station.

    Not only did the trooper say no, he gave them a $100 citation for driving in the breakdown lane, made them wait for their citation while he finished writing someone else's ticket, and even seemed to ask for proof of pregnancy, Jennifer Davis said.

    "He said, 'What's under your jacket?' I said, 'My belly,' " Davis said. "He waited and gestured with his head like, 'OK, let's see it.' He waited for me to unzip my jacket. I mean, it was so clear that I was pregnant."

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    I remember that story. Even worse, the Clerk-Magistrate tossed the ticket out in the preliminary hearing and the douche State Trooper appealed. I guess he was pissed that his 15 minutes of fame were as the biggest dickhead in the world. That ended up back in the Boston Globe.

    http://www.boston.com/news/local/bre...police_dr.html

    Even after the new father, John Davis, appealed the $100 ticket and a Cambridge clerk magistrate tossed it out, the department refused to give up. A lawyer for the State Police challenged the clerk magistrate's decision and appealed to restore the ticket late last month. A hearing was scheduled before a Cambridge District Court judge March 18.

    Davis's attorney, David Lucas, said that in a dozen years, he'd never seen the State Police appeal a traffic ticket. He couldn't quite believe they were going to pursue one against a the husband of a woman in labor.

    "When I asked, 'Are you sure the State Police want to be on record as appealing this?’ what he said was, “I just wouldn’t have any credibility if I did not appeal this,’” said Lucas.

    State Police had maintained previously that the trooper was within his rights to ticket Davis for illegal use of the breakdown lane. Spokesman David Procopio declined to make the prosecutor who decided to appeal available today to explain his reasoning. But within an hour and a half of being contacted by the Globe, the State Police dropped their case. State Police Colonel Mark F. Delaney "immediately ordered it to be rescinded," Procopio said.

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    Bill, don't post this crap, my wife's due date is the day after tomorrow!!!!
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    Shoulda titled the thread "Mass Police State issue ticket to woman in labor"

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    I'm gonna play devils advocate here.......

    True offenders will do almost anything to get out of a ticket. People have put dummies in their car when passing by State Troopers so that they can get into the HOV lane on I-93.

    I am sure that an overweight woman who has been speeding or driving in the breakdown lane has tried to act like she is in labor to get out of a ticket. Cops have seen it all, and this cop may have thought this woman was trying to pull the same stunt.

    With all that said, I can't see why the police department tried to overrule the magistrate overturning the ticket. Did the couple prove they had a child? It is sad that they have to go to such lengths to overturn a ticket, but like I said people will do anything to get out of a ticket.

    Just my .02 and trying to see things from a cops perspective.

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    husband blew it. should have just called 911 and reported an emergency.
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    Glad I don't live in Mass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    husband blew it. should have just called 911 and reported an emergency.
    When my friend was severely injured in a auto accident he was flown from the local hospital to one about a hour away by car. There was no room for my friends father, so he drove. He was pulled over twice for speeding but both officers had heard on the radios of my friend and he was let go. I drove a bit slower, and didnt get pulled over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiNEwhere View Post
    I'm gonna play devils advocate here.......

    True offenders will do almost anything to get out of a ticket. People have put dummies in their car when passing by State Troopers so that they can get into the HOV lane on I-93.

    I am sure that an overweight woman who has been speeding or driving in the breakdown lane has tried to act like she is in labor to get out of a ticket. Cops have seen it all, and this cop may have thought this woman was trying to pull the same stunt.
    So, my good judgement says its a life or death matter, so it's permissible. Could be.. So the cop should escort them to the hospital and follow them in to make sure she's all bedded down. If it's an impostor, then give them two tix: one for driving in the breakdown lane, one for calling a false emergency and a bill for the officer's time and administrative overhead. Oh, and call the media in too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Bill, don't post this crap, my wife's due date is the day after tomorrow!!!!
    Hey Nick.

    Take a taxi! Most Dads are way more stressed out than I you can imagine.

    I drove my wife into Boston during a 12" snowfall. It was quite an interesting drive. at 1pm in the morning, Rte 128 and 93 were nearly traffic free. I could drive most anywhere I wanted. Hell, you couldn't find any lane striping if you wanted to. Very odd driving down the center of the road. My wife kept telling me to slow down. I just wanted to be there and let the pros take over. Last thing I wanted was to be delivering a baby on the side of a road in a foot of snow!

    BTW, during labor, you wife will probably say things to and about you that you could never imagine coming out of your darlings mouth. Just enjoy the babe. Good Luck!
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