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Fake baby, real fine -- Woman nabbed in HOV lane with phony kid in car
Toronto Sun ^ | 2006-03-23 | Jonathan Jenkins

Posted on 03/23/2006 8:30:34 AM PST by Clive

The astounding sense of entitlement of some GTA commuters has left police shaking their heads after a woman was found sneaking onto the high-occupancy lanes with a fake baby in the back.

"She looked like the cat who swallowed the canary," OPP Sgt. Cam Woolley said of the woman who was pulled over yesterday. "She told the officer it normally works."

STIFF ARMS

Woolley said the cop was patrolling the HOV lanes of Hwy. 404 near Sheppard Ave. yesterday when he spotted an Intrepid whizz by and noticed the baby's arms seemed unnaturally stiff.

Not being sure, the officer decided to take a closer look and pulled the driver over.

The odd-looking child --Woolley likened it to a cartoon character from the show South Park -- was nothing more than a hooded jacket stuffed with clothing and strapped into an old car seat.

"We should have given her another ticket because the fake baby she had in there was too light to be in a forward-facing child seat," Woolley said.

"You can bet we'll be taking a closer look at all the babies we see in the next little while."

In fact, cops had expected to see similar scams turn up as soon as the popular HOV lanes -- which give commuters on sections of Hwys. 404 and 403 a swifter ride downtown -- opened last fall.

$110, 3 POINTS

"We're still writing a few hundred tickets each month," Woolley said of those abusing the lanes.

Cops think the woman ticketed yesterday, a 39-year-old Aurora resident, has children but none who need a car seat.

She faces a $110 fine and three demerit points.


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1 posted on 03/23/2006 8:30:40 AM PST by Clive
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To: Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; coteblanche; Ryle; albertabound; mitchbert; ...

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2 posted on 03/23/2006 8:31:03 AM PST by Clive
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To: Clive

Maybe if these liberals hadn't promoted abortion as a positive social good, she'd have a real baby.

Liberals!


3 posted on 03/23/2006 8:31:45 AM PST by TBP
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To: Clive

HOV lanes are stupid and they don't accomplish anything.


4 posted on 03/23/2006 8:32:07 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: Clive
I've said it before:  if we have to have these lanes the requirement should be two licensed drivers. 

 

5 posted on 03/23/2006 8:33:15 AM PST by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Clive
She faces a $110 fine and three demerit points.

I don't know what a demerit point is in open traffic..if you get so many, are you required to clean the chalk board at the local school? or do they kill you??

7 posted on 03/23/2006 8:34:07 AM PST by BerniesFriend
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To: advance_copy

I rank this right up there with the "Animal Cops" shows. You have troopers analyzing the stiffness of a child's arms in the HOV lane, instead of perhaps observing and stopping a drug transaction, murder, rape, etc.


8 posted on 03/23/2006 8:34:35 AM PST by Williams
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To: Clive
This sounds similar to the pregnant woman here in AZ who was fined for driving in the HOV lane. She insisted that she was "carpooling" and that her pending baby was a passenger.

She took her case to court...and lost. Mainly, because her baby-to-be did not take up an extra seat in the car.

9 posted on 03/23/2006 8:35:22 AM PST by kstewskis ("I don't know what I know, but I know that it's big".....Jerry Fletcher)
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To: Clive; GMMAC; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...
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10 posted on 03/23/2006 8:35:39 AM PST by fanfan ( "We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality" - Ayn Rand)
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To: Clive

"Don't mind my kid -- he's just a big dummy."


11 posted on 03/23/2006 8:37:04 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Clive

Bad boys...bad boys...what you gonna do when they come for you?


12 posted on 03/23/2006 8:37:05 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: Clive

Abolish HOV.


13 posted on 03/23/2006 8:37:53 AM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: Clive

...."fake but accurate"


14 posted on 03/23/2006 8:38:26 AM PST by Armigerous ( Non permitte illegitimi te carborundum- "Don't let the bastards grind you down")
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To: advance_copy

I have found them useful many times.


15 posted on 03/23/2006 8:38:32 AM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Williams

if a cars whizzing by at 60mph+.. how does an officer have the time to analyze the "stiffness" of the arm. and how would he see the arm of the child, most car doors come very high up and you can't really see whats going on inside below the window.
i call BS, cop just made up an excuse to pull her over.


16 posted on 03/23/2006 8:39:04 AM PST by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: Clive

"The astounding sense of entitlement of some".

I guess the "astounding sense of entitlement" now belongs to the government who want to regulate and penalize every bit of behavior by it's citizens.

It's laughable that the Dims in this country have their knickers in a twist about our government trying to listen in on the conversations of Islamofascist terrorists who are trying to kill us all, and yet day by day the governments erode our "rights" by penalties on trivial behavior.

Plus,.. special commuter lanes are elitist and cause worse traffic congestion, pollution and damage to our precious "environment".


17 posted on 03/23/2006 8:39:33 AM PST by garyhope (chill em, drink em, grill em, eat em, spill em, thrill em)
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To: kstewskis

Then should she have been fined for having another passenger on her lap?


18 posted on 03/23/2006 8:41:05 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Clive

Does that mean she was tested and found to be HOV Negative?


19 posted on 03/23/2006 8:41:11 AM PST by 109ACS (Humpty Dumpty was pushed!)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

how does one enforce this?


20 posted on 03/23/2006 8:41:53 AM PST by fhlh (Polls are for Strippers.)
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To: Clive
...Intrepid whizz by and noticed the baby's arms seemed unnaturally stiff.

This is why you buy animatronic babies--she was just trying to do things cheap and that's what happens.


21 posted on 03/23/2006 8:42:23 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Clive

I lived in Atlanta for five years before I ever used the HOV lanes, while carting my children in the backseat. For some reason, I thought the lanes were for commuters, and that children didn't count. All that time wasted...


22 posted on 03/23/2006 8:42:31 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny. "--Aeschylus)
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To: TBP

Yeah, I'm sure that's the reason. She should definitely have a baby just so she can use the HOV lane.


23 posted on 03/23/2006 8:42:49 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Clive

HOV lanes are a disgrace.


24 posted on 03/23/2006 8:43:56 AM PST by right right
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I agree. That is what they are for, to get other drivers off the roads. The baby wasn't going to take up any space in the normal lanes.


25 posted on 03/23/2006 8:44:01 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Armigerous

lol


26 posted on 03/23/2006 8:44:03 AM PST by jwalburg (If I have not seen as far as others, it is because of the giants standing on my shoulders.)
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To: Clive
"Woolley likened it to a cartoon character from the show South Park -- was nothing more than a hooded jacket stuffed with clothing . . . "

'Hello, officer! Meet Kenny. He doesn't talk very well.'

27 posted on 03/23/2006 8:44:17 AM PST by Eastbound
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To: garyhope

I never want to hear from liberals about "rights" - at best they confuse them with what are only privileges, and at worst - they love taking all our rights away. Tying it in here, the fact you "have to have" a baby seat is outrageous. The fact you can be fined and molested for not having a baby seat - or the "correct kind" is asinine. And of course, they're trying to increase the age of child seats; ridiculous and a BOON to all the baby companies (whom liberals hate - right?).


28 posted on 03/23/2006 8:44:19 AM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Why?


29 posted on 03/23/2006 8:44:21 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

I agree, what's the point of giving the advantage of carpooling if the other person you are 'sharing a ride' with is under the age to even drive???


30 posted on 03/23/2006 8:44:34 AM PST by sandbar
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To: right right

Absolutely!

They are public roads.
Apparently, some "public" are more equal than others.


31 posted on 03/23/2006 8:46:46 AM PST by CygnusXI (Where's that dang Meteor already?)
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To: kstewskis

I knew a pregnant woman in Michigan who was speeding on a two lane highway, trying to get to a store or gas station where she could have a rest stop.

She got a ticket.

She went to court, and pled her case before the judge, saying that she was pregnant and that it is harmful to a baby if the mother holds her bladder for too long.

The judge was annoyed, but let the woman off. It pays to be pregnant in his jurisdiction. (Or have a husband who is a partner at a big Detroit lawfirm.)


32 posted on 03/23/2006 8:46:52 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny. "--Aeschylus)
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To: Clive
Awwwwwww. Busted!

Beats trying to join and work with the sane citizens in eliminating these bureaucratic totalitarians who keep making up laws and rules to control our lives.

33 posted on 03/23/2006 8:46:59 AM PST by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: Psycho_Bunny
I've said it before: if we have to have these lanes the requirement should be two licensed drivers.

Why, I used to drive a co-worker into Boston, the guy was legally blind and can't ever get a license.

We drove in the HOV every day and if you think I shouldn't of had that right then to hell with you.
34 posted on 03/23/2006 8:48:54 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Remember 9/11. The left have already forgotten.)
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To: 109ACS

Does that mean she was tested and found to be HOV Negative?

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LOL!


35 posted on 03/23/2006 8:49:12 AM PST by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: right right
HOV lanes are a disgrace.

That'll be fixed with "light rail" dontcha know.


36 posted on 03/23/2006 8:49:33 AM PST by unixfox (AMERICA - 20 Million ILLEGALS Can't Be Wrong!)
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To: sandbar
A guy in the Twin Cities did this with a full sized, fully dressed mannequin on I 35 W some years ago. The cop said he patrolled the same stretch of road most mornings and noticed the passenger wore the same clothes and hat every day.
37 posted on 03/23/2006 8:49:38 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Williams

You do realize that the "animal cops" are by and large non-profit organizations given some enforcement power for animal-related crimes, and most are funded independently, right? Do you also realize the staggeringly high correlation between violence towards / abuse of animals and violence towards people?


38 posted on 03/23/2006 8:50:51 AM PST by eraser2005
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To: 109ACS
Does that mean she was tested and found to be HOV Negative?

LOL:)

39 posted on 03/23/2006 8:52:26 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Williams
A few years ago, a hearse driver tried a variation on this with a body in the coffin in back. It didn't work. The judge ruled that all of the bodies had to be alive.
40 posted on 03/23/2006 8:53:01 AM PST by Truth29
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To: advance_copy
HOV lanes are stupid and they don't accomplish anything.

Bingo

41 posted on 03/23/2006 8:58:12 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: Vaquero

I'm waiting for.. and unfortunately I may be prophetic here... lanes reserved for Hybrid cars.

OMFG!!

Why did I give them that idea?!?!
*sad but (prolly) gonna be true.


(I want a Hummer lane!)


42 posted on 03/23/2006 9:02:19 AM PST by CygnusXI (Where's that dang Meteor already?)
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To: fanfan; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; Ryle; ...
Surely, as this is Canada & somehow a man's always to blame, our relentlessly gender bigoted injustice system will waive any fine and - at worst - substitute a brief period of 'house arrest' for the demerit points.

Also, watch for the 'Elizabeth Fry Society' & every other radical feminist, criminals-as-victims group to immediately begin whining for increased public funding in order to provide such women with more realistic dolls.
43 posted on 03/23/2006 9:02:55 AM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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To: Clive

I always got away with it with my old labrador... - course I had to keep poking him when he tried to lay down.


44 posted on 03/23/2006 9:04:00 AM PST by HairOfTheDog (Hobbit Hole knives for soldiers! www.freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net)
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To: absolootezer0
i call BS, cop just made up an excuse to pull her over.

I think you're propbably right. This time, he got lucky and actually found something.

45 posted on 03/23/2006 9:05:08 AM PST by highball (Proud to announce the birth of little Highball, Junior - Feb. 7, 2006!)
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To: advance_copy
HOV lanes are stupid and they don't accomplish anything.

Amen...

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences." -- C. S. Lewis

46 posted on 03/23/2006 9:05:43 AM PST by Publius6961 (Multiculturalism is the white flag of a dying country)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Agreed. Mom with kids in the car is not carpooling.

I hate the concept. It's most dangerous when traffic ~is~ heavy and cars are whipping by at 55... past slow and stopped traffic.


47 posted on 03/23/2006 9:05:44 AM PST by HairOfTheDog (Hobbit Hole knives for soldiers! www.freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net)
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To: Clive

She deserved it for trying that stunt without tinted windows...


48 posted on 03/23/2006 9:06:55 AM PST by Doohickey (If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice...I will choose freewill.)
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To: CygnusXI

yes we all want a lane for a hummer.(chortle)

NEWSFLASH!!!!

the HOV lane here on the LI Expressway, has a new sign inviting 'Green Friendly' cars with the appropriate window stickers to enter.


49 posted on 03/23/2006 9:06:57 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: advance_copy
HOV lanes are stupid and they don't accomplish anything.

Lard ass bureaucrats love them because it means more make work jobs for them and it annoys the rational drivers

50 posted on 03/23/2006 9:07:36 AM PST by dennisw (-Muslim's biggest enemy is the founder of Islam, Muhammad. Muslims are victims of this evil conman-)
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