Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Unborn Baby not a Person - Arizona Car Pool Judge

See this ABC News story on breaking developments in Phoenix, Arizona traffic law.

A very pregnant woman, after being stopped by the police for driving alone in a carpool lane limited to vehicles with more than one passenger, pointed to her very expectant stomach and said something like... "But officer, there are two of us...."

On Tuesday, an Arizona judge ruled that fetuses should not be considered passengers in HOV lanes. On Nov. 8, Ahwatukee, Ariz., resident Candace Dickinson, who was nine months pregnant and driving alone, hoped to break out of Phoenix's heavy rush-hour traffic and moved into an HOV lane. Police pulled her over and wrote a ticket.

Dickinson, 23, fought the ticket, saying that her then-unborn child was her other occupant. She appeared in court Tuesday to state her case, but Municipal Court Judge Dennis Freeman rejected her argument.

The mom-to-be was found guilty and fined $367.00.

One can only hope this case will not attract the attention of Ralph Reed and the pro-Life movement.

- Garry J. Wise

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