NH trooper helps speeding dad-to-be, ...

NH trooper helps speeding dad-to-be, issues ticket

There are 14 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jan 5, 2011, titled NH trooper helps speeding dad-to-be, issues ticket. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Their son wasn't going to wait to be born, so John Coughlin rushed his laboring wife to the hospital.

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wow

Shippensburg, PA

#1 Jan 5, 2011
Police are so compassionate!
ReadTheArticle

Truckee, CA

#2 Jan 5, 2011
wow wrote:
Police are so compassionate!
The guy was going a 102 mph in the winter. A baby born in a car has minimal negative consequences in general... a car crash at 102 mph has maximum negative consequences...
TOE

Reedsville, PA

#3 Jan 5, 2011
ReadTheArticle wrote:
<quoted text>The guy was going a 102 mph in the winter. A baby born in a car has minimal negative consequences in general... a car crash at 102 mph has maximum negative consequences...
Agreed. 40+ over the speed limit, does anyone know if he is going to lose his license? That would suck. That is where I would be a little more sensitive to his situation.
careaboutpa

Columbus, OH

#4 Jan 5, 2011
TOE wrote:
<quoted text>Agreed. 40+ over the speed limit, does anyone know if he is going to lose his license? That would suck. That is where I would be a little more sensitive to his situation.
I can't believe I just read what you just typed. It had an note of understanding, infused with common sense. I didn't think those types of replies were allowed on these forums.

The judge should find him guilty, impose the maximum penalty and then suspend all penalties in exchange for 9 months probation and a cigar!
Skipster

Falls Church, VA

#5 Jan 5, 2011
Whether or not a child was to be born, is NO excuse for anyone to break the speed limit, by almost double to make it happen. In fact, they stood a bigger chance of never making it to the hospital, if it would not have been for the trooper. There is a lot of compassion for the family, but if they would of struck another vehicle, at the speed they were traveling, it would have cost more lives, than the son that was born. The are no excuses for speeding that high above the limit. Officers of police and fire are trained to deliver babies off site from a hospital. If it was that crucial, an ambulance could have come to get her. Again, No excuse and the ticket should stand. It's no different than when you have a finger or arm cut off. Get the proper medics to treat you. YOU are not an ambulance and certified to do anything to help.
whatever

Austin, TX

#6 Jan 6, 2011
he was speeding..enough said
Hmmm

Washington, DC

#7 Jan 6, 2011
New Hampshire doesn't have an Ambulance service to call? 911? These folks are trained to deal with these type situations so they don't have to drive 102 mph in crappy weather and put other peoples lives at risk. Speeding is speeding. Go to court and take what the judge gives you. Man up.
anonymous

Gwynn Oak, MD

#8 Jan 7, 2011
ReadTheArticle wrote:
<quoted text>The guy was going a 102 mph in the winter. A baby born in a car has minimal negative consequences in general... a car crash at 102 mph has maximum negative consequences...
it wasn't winter, it was Sept., & how fast were they going when the trooper became the escort, how do you clock someone @ 102 & catch up to them, i believe this is an exaggeration of the actual speed he was going. Curious to see the outcome of this story.

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#9 Jan 7, 2011
Straight up carelessness. The baby was going to be born whether it was in the living room, the car, or the hospital. It's not aN OH MY GOD NECESSITY that a baby be born in a hospital. Having a baby is no reason to lose one's head.
Townie

AOL

#10 Jan 7, 2011
I believe that doing 102 mph, is way too excessive. He could have killed his wife and baby, and himself. And many other people along the way. The baby was born just 6 minutes after they arrived? He could have stopped along the roadside, and as others said, called an ambulance, or the police officers, as they are trained to deliver babies. Just pay the fine,stop whining for sympathy, and be greateful that you have a Healthy baby.....
Get Real

El Paso, TX

#11 Jan 7, 2011
I didn't think you could go 102 on ANY New Hampshire road. I grew up there. Aside from the freeway, there's not a straight road to be found.
snow kitten

Chambersburg, PA

#12 Jan 7, 2011
Get Real wrote:
I didn't think you could go 102 on ANY New Hampshire road. I grew up there. Aside from the freeway, there's not a straight road to be found.
There are but the frost heaves in the winter are a BIIOTCH! No excuse for speeding WHAT SO EVER.
Roxy

Hanover, PA

#13 Jan 8, 2011
If he was going that fast, the trooper should have stopped him or slowed him down. He was endangering everyone.
need_4_speed

Reedsville, PA

#14 Jan 8, 2011
Sick-Tired wrote:
Straight up carelessness. The baby was going to be born whether it was in the living room, the car, or the hospital. It's not aN OH MY GOD NECESSITY that a baby be born in a hospital. Having a baby is no reason to lose one's head.


Okaaay, so you can't relate to this guy's OH S/H/I/T moment, pushing the petal to the metal while his screaming wife is moments away from delivering a head. Tough crown here!

Were you able to keep yourself at the posted speed limit the first time you got road head? I doubt it :)

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