Labor Pains Cost Mom A Reckless Driving Charge

Full story: WUSA Washington, DC

It began last month when Jessica Hodges sped to the hospital thinking she was about to give birth.
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anonymous

Culpeper, VA

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Aug 13, 2007
 
From all the news casts that I have seen, Ms. Hodges indicated that she did not tell the officer that pulled her over that she was having labor pains. I believe that if she had told that little bit of crucial information, that the officer would most likley have escorted her to the hospital. Now that she has this ticket with this outrageous fee, she feels obligated to let everyone know that she has it. I am pretty sure that during the time that the ticket was being written, she had more labor pains. If you are going to "appeal" the ticket, have docuementation showing that you went to the hosptial.
Paul

Alexandria, VA

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Isn't 911 and/or ambulances for this kind of emergency. Care would arrive sooner and the child would not be put at risk that way.
John M

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Aug 13, 2007
 
It's my understanding that these fees are imposed onto repeat offenders, which I have no issues with. If you can't drive by the rules of the road you need to get off them.
How many times has this lady done the "I'm in labor" routine?
Donna

Washington, DC

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#4
Aug 13, 2007
 
Yes, in fact she did have a choice. CALL 911... As far as the fine being $1000.00 that is totally off the wall!!
Christa

Westminster, MD

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Aug 13, 2007
 
I agree w/ both posters above. She should have used 911 and not been a hazard on the road. Or told the officer and maybe he would have helped her out (w/ getting to hospital or the ticket).

Now she has to pay the fines for her speeding.(though I can understand wanting to get there quickly I would have called 911 to get all the help possible...labor pains s*ck)
J V Presti

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Aug 13, 2007
 
I think she should have told the officer she was in labor.Then I do not think she would have been charged.But I also think think the fees are way out of line.
Raised in Loudoun County

Herndon, VA

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#8
Aug 13, 2007
 
She did have a choice, 911, spouse, family, friend..........she needs to pay the fine and think twice before she puts the rest of us in danger!!! This is a great law, and I hope the VA Law makers keep it!!!
Michael Patrick

Washington, DC

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#9
Aug 13, 2007
 
She had not dreamed up the excuse yet that she was in labor, so she couldn't tell the officer that fabrication. Excuses, excuses. All it is is an excuse. She is not more important than everyone else on the road. She can obey the laws like the rest of us or pay!
Susan

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Aug 13, 2007
 
I have to agree with most of the posts: driving 22 mph over the limit put herself, her unborn child, and other drivers/pedestrians at risk. Too many drivers get behind the wheel and really don't stop to think what consequences their actions could have on others. When they get caught, whether they're ordinary folk like this woman or rich and famous party girls, they whine and complain that it's not "fair".
Shaingrala

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Are you kidding? Is everyone crazy out there? The poor woman was in LABOR. Is there not one ounce of brain between any one who is willing to proceed to slap an abuser fee on this woman's situation. What's wrong with this picture????
mocoprincess

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#12
Aug 13, 2007
 
That's why they have ambulances. Labor pains or not, if she puts other children on the road in danger by speeding 22 miles over she should be punished. And really, if your having a medical emergency is driving an intelligent thing to be doing in the first place? I think not!
Donna

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Whats wrong with this picture is SHE SHOULD HAVE CALLED 911 !!! She definately put others at risk, by driving 22 miles over the speed limit.
Interested reader

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Aug 13, 2007
 
I listened to the complete report on chanel 9 this morning. The mistake she made was in not letting the officer know that she thought she was in labor. I am sure that the office would have helped the woman get to the hospital. Instead she felt it was easier to accept the ticket and deal with it later. Hopefully the new mother will not have to pay the fine.
Kate

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Shaingrala - you are so naive. I no more believe she was in labor and on her way to the doctor than I believe this was her first offense. Just another case of the media trying to stir something up. Who in their right mind would drive themselves while in labor?
Ken

Alexandria, VA

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Shaingrala wrote:
Are you kidding? Is everyone crazy out there? The poor woman was in LABOR. Is there not one ounce of brain between any one who is willing to proceed to slap an abuser fee on this woman's situation. What's wrong with this picture????
Duh..if she killed a relative of yours while she was blowing through
a 35 mph zone might you wake up at that point?
Eric

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#17
Aug 13, 2007
 
Kate the "phrasing" of your post was funny..Although I do find the fees from the State of VA to be absurd and ridiculous.
Libby

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Aug 13, 2007
 
John M wrote:
It's my understanding that these fees are imposed onto repeat offenders, which I have no issues with. If you can't drive by the rules of the road you need to get off them.
How many times has this lady done the "I'm in labor" routine?
Yes, the "repeat offender" thing is also what I read was the trigger for tacking on the additional "abuser fee". I'd also like to know what her past driving record looks like.

Furthermore, I wonder if she was caught speeding on the interstate or through a neighborhood. While speeding is hazardous anywhere, I feel that going 82 on a 60 mph interstate is less hazardous than, say doing 57 in a 35 or 47 in a 25.

There's a lot more to this story than meets the eye, and I agree with those who said she should have called 911 if she truly felt she was going into labor. Endangering others on the roadways, including her unborn child, is irresponsible and just plain stupid.
Pandora

Chantilly, VA

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#19
Aug 13, 2007
 
Ok the woman lives in Burke, How many fire Stations are between Burke and Fairfax? Quite a few, why did not not go to a fire station? Instead she speeds to the hospital, DUH!
pst

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Cops should have helped her instead gave her a fine and a fee charge but ...

Is this what the cops are told to do have(NO MORALS)???
I agree fine her fee is questionable but help her first.Please

I my self beleave that Va is out to get the most fees that they can get before the fee's are thrown out...(but that my oppion)
pst

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Aug 13, 2007
 
Pandora wrote:
Ok the woman lives in Burke, How many fire Stations are between Burke and Fairfax? Quite a few, why did not not go to a fire station? Instead she speeds to the hospital, DUH!
It's about 700.00 for a ride there .perhaps she was trying to save...

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