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Dad on way to hospital with pregnant wife gets $1,000 ticket

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by KYSportsWriter, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

  2. baddecision

    baddecision Active Member

    Probably 25 years ago, I had an insect bite go bad on my leg -- felt sick, took a nap for an hour and the whole damn thing turned purple. No access to a phone. Waddled to my car and drove 85 mph on the 12-mile county road to the hospital. Got pulled over halfway there. I got out and pointed to the leg. Without a word, the cop got back in his car and escorted me the rest of the way at high rates of speed. He radioed ahead, helped me into a wheelchair at the door and parked my car for me. Thanks for being a good guy, officer.
  3. Cubbiebum

    Cubbiebum Member

    In reading the article, why the F did the first cop not give him a escort? If you must, give him the ticket but get them to the hospital. He suspected they would speed again. he willingly endangered people by letting them go, knowing they would speed, but not offering to help.
  4. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Cops were dicks, but this is what ambulances are for.
  5. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    I had actually wrote a long reply about the logistics of such a thing in rural manitoba, etc., etc. from spotty cell coverage to capable hospitals in the area, etc.
    But after doing the writing I gave the referenced story in the Winnipeg Free Press a closer read. You know what? the cop was actually right in this case.


    They were right outside of Portage La Prairie that has a full service hospital. If they were inexperienced in dealing with C-section deliveries as they had been warned, there is no reason an ambulance couldn't be arranged ahead of time (i.e. the cop radioing ahead to the hospital to have one ready for when they got there, it would have taken her what 2 minutes to transfer from the car to getting secured in an ambulance?) to take her to Brandon (where her doctor and records are) or Winnipeg. That roughly 125 Km drive would have been much safer for everyone in an ambulance than in a Honda Civic. Also if the delivery moved beyond the contraction stage, the ambulance would have had at least paramedics on board to deal with it, instead of an obviously stressed and concerned husband who is trying to deal with his wife next to him while flying along the highway at 170 Km/h on March roads in Manitoba. If their winter was anything like ours, they would have still been dealing with winter conditions.

    Yes there's the heroic story for them to tell later about the dad driving 170 Kms/hr for 45 minutes to get his wife to the hospital so she could deliver the baby. And I understand the couple's state of mind has to play into this and they probably weren't thinking straight, but there was also a common sense and much safer option that was ignored completely despite the direction of a police officer.
  6. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    The other thing I noticed? If you know your wife had a challenging delivery last time, and you know you might have to get to the hospital double-time, then what the hell are you doing out on a shopping trip when she's 38 weeks pregnant?
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Pro wrestler Mick Foley had a similar story in his first book. They were in the car with one of his kids when they were a baby, and all of a sudden, the baby started whooping real bad. They knew they were near a hospital and started racing there.

    A cop pulled them over and wrote them up. Foley cursed the guy out, somehow didn't get arrested and they made it to the hospital. He later refused to pay the ticket and got his license suspended.
  8. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    The story in the paper wasn't well written in that it didn't name the individual cops. Call 'em out and let people know who they are.
  9. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    ..." on clear and lightly trafficked roads."

    Yeah, dude, you know that NOW. As long as Dad is tossing out hypotheticals, what if he had mowed down some jogger in the middle of nowhere? I think Beef nailed it — yeah, the local hospital doesn't regularly do C-sections. Doesn't mean they can't, or that speeding to a hospital much farther away is the better option.

    "It's like there's no more common sense," opines Dad. Exactly.
  10. Iron_chet

    Iron_chet Well-Known Member

    This is just another example of why more and more Canadians think the RCMP is a joke. Two chances to do the right thing and help the couple wasted each time.

    These 2 shitbag cops were probably just sorry they could not use their tasers.

    FWIW the road they were travelling on between Portage and Brandon is a 2 lane divided highway, no danger of hitting a jogger.
  11. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Rules are rules.
  12. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Stupid Canadians. ;)
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