No Driving in the Breakdown Lane, Even if You are in Labor

In off-beat, stupidity, television on December 4, 2008 by Editor Z

Cops may frequently get derided unjustly, but here is one time that the criticism is well grounded.

A woman in labor and her husband were stopped and ticketed by a Massachusetts state trooper, when driving in the breakdown lane to escape rush hour traffic on November 18, after reportedly being allowed too drive in the lane by two other troopers. He even asked the woman in the midst of labor, “whats under her jacket?” Judging by the avalanches of sweat, the heavy breathing, the bulging stomach and some of the other signs of a woman in childbirth, I don’t think she is smuggling machine guns pal. I don’t know much about police work, however I doubt this guy will ever make detective.

Boston Globe:

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.”

The Davises say the contretemps occurred after two other troopers they encountered had waved them along in the highway breakdown lane, allowing them to evade gridlock while advising them to be cautious and keep their hazard lights on.

While State Police spokesman David Procopio declined to comment on the merits of this stop, he noted that state law prohibits driving in breakdown lanes on Route 2.



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