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    Mom-to-be calls unborn a passenger

    A pregnant woman ticketed for driving in the carpool lane will have her day in court next month to argue that her unborn child counts as a second person in the car.

    "I understand the reasoning for the HOV lane," said Candace Dickinson, 23. "But whether my son is in a car seat versus in my stomach, I dont get it. Its the same thing."

    The near-full-term Ahwatukee Foothills woman was driving to work on Interstate 10 near Interstate 17 at 6 a.m. last week when a Phoenix police officer pulled her over.

    "He asked how many people were in the car with me, and I said, Two and he said No, one. I said I was nine months pregnant and had my son in the car with me," she said. "The way the law is written, he can occupy the vehicle without occupying a seat."

    http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/index.php?sty=53255

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    I dunno - should kids count at all in carpool lanes? It's a nice thing to have, but the idea of the carpool lane is to reward people who are sharing a car, and thus keeping one more car off the roadway. Since a little kid is never driving themselves anywhere, there's really no true carpool going on there.

    But if you do take the current definition, where it's just a question if there is one or two people in the car - the lady might be right, the difference between now and 1 month from now - what is it exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Details
    I dunno - should kids count at all in carpool lanes? It's a nice thing to have, but the idea of the carpool lane is to reward people who are sharing a car, and thus keeping one more car off the roadway. Since a little kid is never driving themselves anywhere, there's really no true carpool going on there.

    But if you do take the current definition, where it's just a question if there is one or two people in the car - the lady might be right, the difference between now and 1 month from now - what is it exactly?
    I carpool with a "mommy" group and we do take a car off the road when we take children that are not ours. I often drive two or three children other than my own to and from school, dance class, library, etc.

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    Sure, but one kid is never going to take a car off the road, and that's what she had... Two kids - sure, especially if one is not your own.

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    I think she was being a smarta$$ to the cop. I hope she gets the fine.



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