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NH man, pregnant wife get speeding ticket on way to hospital

Discussion in 'The OT' started by James Long, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. scooper

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    You need to watch the History Channel more.

    The Autobahn (and the Italian equivalent ) are much better built than US Interstates. Examples that I remember - roadbed is 20 inches compared to 13, the way repairs are made, Maintenance in general. I would say we have learned from the Germans on curviness of the road, however and the way to keep drivers alert on new construction interstates.
     
  2. tcusta00

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    Ok, will do, thanks.
     
  3. James Long

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    Suffice it to say I-293 around Manchester NH is not the Autobahn. I-293 was not designed for unlimited speed.
     
  4. MysteryMan

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    DBSTALK BULLETIN...... 4 April 2011......The cobwebs have been dusted off the "NH man, pregnant wife get speeding ticket on way to hospital" thread so that it may be continued. :rolleyes:
     
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    Glad to see your still the Grammar Police Nick. My bad. :)
     
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    MysteryMan

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    djlong

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    If you read more detailed coverage of the story, you'll learn that the judge was swayed by the 911 call tape. He heard the wife screaming in pain holding the baby's head while lying down on the front seat of the car.

    I know that stretch of road and people regularly go 75-85mph IN TRAFFIC there. In my younger days (we're talking 1980s), I wanted to see what my then-new car could do and I backed off after eclipsing 100. It's VERY wide and smooth there.
     
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    MysteryMan

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    Still doesn't make it legal or right.
     
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    AttiTech

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    I-75 and I-10 in Florida are the same. The "fast" lanes, as people have deemed them (far left), are just awful. I avoid using them as much as possible, even when going 15 min out of my way to get to go somewhere like Gainesville, FL.

    -Atticus
     
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    smiddy

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    I know that based on what transpired, it would seem that the man was in fear for his family's life, he did what he thought was best under the circumstances. This is how I envisioned the outcome to be.
     
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    Mike Bertelson

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    Right or wrong, if a family members life potentially depended on it I’m goin’ as fast the vehicle and the road will let me. It wouldn’t be my first choice...I’d rather have an ambulance, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I’m just sayin’ :grin:

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    Hutchinshouse

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    +1 (as safe as possible)
     
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    Joe C

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    My car can definately handle high speeds well. Gotta love German engineering.
     
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    The Merg

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    But, let's see... Let's risk everyone's life in the vehicle... If they were that close to the hospital at that point, while the baby might have been coming out, an ambulance was probably not that far off. I'm sure that even though traffic might be light on the interstate, there's a good chance you could come across a deer or moose on the highway. An untrained driver at 100+ mph is a deadly combination.

    While I am thankful that they made it to the hospital in one piece and the baby was okay, I would not place money on that bet a second time...

    By finding the driver not guilty, the judge sent the wrong message. He could just have easily found him guilty and provided a lower fine/punishment or could have even found him guilty of speeding instead of reckless driving. With either of these options, the judge is saying that he undertands or sympathizes with the driver, but stills hold the driver accountable for his actions.

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    Hutchinshouse

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    100% agree. If you break the law, you break the law. However, I’d drive fast (but safe) if I deemed it necessary. I’d never run a red light or anything silly like that. I’d also expect a ticket or two.
     
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    MysteryMan

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    +1......Refreshing to see someone with a common sense attitude towards this scenario. As I posted earlier the judge is a ignoramus and agree with you on him sending the wrong message. He could have found young Mr. Coughlin guilty, fined him and ordered he attend a driver safety course. Mr. Coughlin would have kept his license but with points taken off, higher auto insurance rates and a smaller balance in his checking account.
     
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    tcusta00

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    Why does a cop get to drive recklessly fast on the way to a scene? Or an ambulance driver get to drive fast on the way to a hospital? Because they got "special" training? :rolleyes:
     
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    sigma1914

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    Also, because they have annoying whistles blowing & lights flashing.
     

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