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Old 06-08-2012, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Well they gave him a choice anyway. A $500 ambulance ride or a $167 speeding ticket.

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The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office told 9NEWS the deputy offered to call an ambulance for the Linch family if it was an emergency but was told it was not an emergency.

When they declined - he was given the $167.00 speeding ticket.

Man issued speeding ticket while driving pregnant wife to hospital | 9news.com
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Texas
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What's wrong with that?

If you're speeding because it's an emergency, then you should have called an ambulance.

If it's not an emergency, slow the F down.

No one has the right to endanger other people with their risky driving.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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What's wrong with that?
If you're speeding because it's an emergency, then you should have called an ambulance.
What if you can't afford $500 for an ambulance? Many people drive themselves to the hospital in emergencies. Plus in this case the man's wife was about 20 minutes away from having the baby. If the ambulance was delayed for any reason, there may not have been enough time.

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If it's not an emergency, slow the F down.
It was an emergency. He was taking his wife to the hospital to have a baby.

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No one has the right to endanger other people with their risky driving.
Did you read the article? He didn't endanger anyone. He was sighted for driving 11 miles over the speed limit. Which is close to the speed the majority of people drive in none emergency situations. You expect him to drive slower then the flow of traffic, while rushing his wife to the hospital?
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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This is lame and just another black eye on the officers of the Denver MSA.
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:53 PM
 
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IMO the officer(s) showed poor judgement. The patrol car should have led the way, with lights flashing and/or siren sounding, while the officer had the dispatcher call ahead to the hospital for assistance to the couple upon their arrival at the hospital.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Edgewater, CO
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While I think the officer could have shown a little more restraint in giving the ticket, the guy should have called an ambulance if it was an emergency.

No one has a right to exceed the speed limit unless they are driving an emergency vehicle in an emergency situation.

If you get caught speeding, suck it up.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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While I think the officer could have shown a little more restraint in giving the ticket, the guy should have called an ambulance if it was an emergency.

No one has a right to exceed the speed limit unless they are driving an emergency vehicle in an emergency situation.

If you get caught speeding, suck it up.
Wrong, people do have a right to exceed the speed limit, when they believe that the benefit outweighs the risk. The American justice system has a long stand principle that the accused have a right to argue in their defense that they justifiable broke any law. Example: justifiable homicide. If someone has a right to argue that they justifiably killed someone, then they certainly should have a right to argue that they justifiably exceeded the speed limit to get their pregnant wife to the hospital in time to have a baby.

Here is another case of a man who was stopped for driving 102 mph to get his pregnant wife to hospital. The police officer did give him an escort to the hospital, and then gave him a ticket. He fought it, and was found not guilty of speeding. Which pretty much disproves your statement that "No one has a right to exceed the speed limit".

So no people should not "suck it up". They should defend their rights.

102 mph Ticket Dismissed For Man Driving Pregnant Wife to Hospital in New Hampshire | Fox News
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Edgewater, CO
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I see. So who determines when the benefit outweighs the risk?

Could I argue, that in a case of me speeding to get to work on time, that the benefit of speeding outweighs the risk?
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Shameful IMO.
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Old 06-08-2012, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Folsom
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Being in labor is NOT an emergency even though mom-to-be and dad-to-be may think so. It sounds to me that they were more in fear of delivering at home or inroute, which leads me to believe that this was perhaps her first child or she waited too long once contractions started & ignored her doctor's instructions as to when to go to the hospital ....or maybe she never had any prenatal care and didn't know what to do (although the article doesn't give those details & didn't watch the video).

It's really amazing that dad was driving only 11 mph over the speed limit. I do agree that the police should have acted as an escort.
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