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To Speed, or Not To Speed?

Posted Sep 07 2008 8:37pm

I travel I-80 to work everyday, and see people speeding on a regular basis. And, it’s not unusual to see a State Trooper speeding without lights or siren, only to be seen further ahead, either getting off the exit to presumably go back to the barracks, or parked in the median with the radar gun out. Not what I call a justifiable situation in which to speed.

I just read a story of a father who was pulled over on May 12 for speeding. In fact, he was doing 90 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. This is illegal. However, his REASON for speeding clouds up the issue a bit.

His son had a stroke which left him partially paralyzed and in kidney failure. On May 12, they received a call that a kidney was available, but that the person it was offered to was not able to go through the surgery, and if they rushed to the hospital, he could have the surgery. Since the kidney was apparently already harvested, time was of the essence.

The father, who was a long-time truck driver, phoned his local sheriff, and asked for advice. They told him to use his headlights and hazard lights, and if pulled over, to explain the situation.

A sheriff in another county pulled him over, but didn’t buy the explanation. As it turns out, they didn’t arrive to the hospital in time, and he didn’t receive the kidney.

Yes, speeding is illegal, but if he didn’t speed, the son wouldn’t get the kidney.

Personally, it took 7 calls before I got my kidney. I’m fortunate, in that I live 30 minutes from my transplant center. If I were in this father’s situation, I would have done the same thing as he did.

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