New Father Receives Son, Speeding Ticket
New Hampshire dude John Coughlin got a speeding ticket for driving 102mph in a 55mph zone. The kicker? He was rushing his wife to the hospital 20 miles away as she went into labor. When all was said-and-done, the child was born at the hospital with no complications.
John and his wife, Angela, are angry about the ticket, since according to John, “You’re still going to go fast in an emergency situation. You’re still going to do what needs to be done.” This is true. But this is also when you man-up and take one on the chin.
Don’t get me wrong – John Coughlin did what, chances are, any (good) husband would have done. When the state trooper first pulled behind John on the freeway, John called 911 and told the dispatcher that he was driving his wife to the hospital, and not running from the cop. The state trooper then pulled ahead of the Coughlin’s car and escorted them to the hospital.
“Congratulations on your son,” said the trooper to John (in a true movie moment), “and the bad news is that I am going to have to see you in court.” Senior officers confirmed that the state trooper did not have to issue a court summons, but was within his discretion to do so since John technically was driving recklessly.
Again, I see no problem with both John AND the state trooper’s actions. Both were doing their jobs. Sometimes jobs get in the way of one-another. Hasn’t John seen Die Hard 2? John has a commitment to keeping his family safe – and the trooper has a commitment to keeping the public (including John and his family) safe. Another New Hampshire State Policeman was quoted as saying that John “put himself, his wife, his unborn child and the motoring public in a very dangerous situation.” And that’s totally true.
So, the thing to do, John, is MAN-UP. Take the ticket, state your case, but understand that we all have a responsibility to the law and the other motorists. If you really want to get technical, you should have probably read a baby book and looked for signs of labor a little earlier and scheduled a day to get your little dude pulled out. Or, if you wanted to go the legal route, call an ambulance at the first sign of labor – which would have cost a lot more than the ticket.
In any event, the moral of the story is that part of being a man and a father is taking one on the chin from time to time. I’m not saying that John looks like a fool for fighting the ticket, but he’d look like a lot more of a hero by just shrugging his shoulders and knowing that he did what he had to do and so did the officer.
Sauce: ABC News