Skip to comments.Fake baby, real fine -- Woman nabbed in HOV lane with phony kid in car
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."
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.
Maybe if these liberals hadn't promoted abortion as a positive social good, she'd have a real baby.
HOV lanes are stupid and they don't accomplish anything.
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??
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.
She took her case to court...and lost. Mainly, because her baby-to-be did not take up an extra seat in the car.
"Don't mind my kid -- he's just a big dummy."
Bad boys...bad boys...what you gonna do when they come for you?
...."fake but accurate"
I have found them useful many times.
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.
"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".
Then should she have been fined for having another passenger on her lap?
Does that mean she was tested and found to be HOV Negative?
how does one enforce this?
This is why you buy animatronic babies--she was just trying to do things cheap and that's what happens.
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...
Yeah, I'm sure that's the reason. She should definitely have a baby just so she can use the HOV lane.
HOV lanes are a disgrace.
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.
'Hello, officer! Meet Kenny. He doesn't talk very well.'
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?).
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???
They are public roads.
Apparently, some "public" are more equal than others.
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.)
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.
Does that mean she was tested and found to be HOV Negative?
That'll be fixed with "light rail" dontcha know.
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?
I'm waiting for.. and unfortunately I may be prophetic here... lanes reserved for Hybrid cars.
Why did I give them that idea?!?!
*sad but (prolly) gonna be true.
(I want a Hummer lane!)
I always got away with it with my old labrador... - course I had to keep poking him when he tried to lay down.
I think you're propbably right. This time, he got lucky and actually found something.
"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
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.
She deserved it for trying that stunt without tinted windows...
yes we all want a lane for a hummer.(chortle)
the HOV lane here on the LI Expressway, has a new sign inviting 'Green Friendly' cars with the appropriate window stickers to enter.
Lard ass bureaucrats love them because it means more make work jobs for them and it annoys the rational drivers