A pregnant Texas girl who was ticketed for driving in a high-occupancy automobile (HOV) lane says her unborn child ought to rely as a second particular person, citing the Supreme Courtroom’s current. Brandy Bottone advised CBS Information on Monday that she sees her incident as involving “two individuals” and plans to battle the ticket in court docket.
Bottone, who was 34 weeks pregnant on the time, was on her method to choose up her 6-year-old son on June 29 when she pulled into the two-person HOV lane on the Central Expressway in Dallas. She was stopped at a checkpoint by a Dallas County sheriff’s deputy, who requested the place her different passenger was.
Bottone advised the Dallas Morning Information, which first reported the story, that “one officer sort of brushed me off after I talked about it is a residing little one, in keeping with all the things that is occurring with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. ‘So I do not know why you are not seeing that,’ I mentioned.”
Bottone advised CBS Information that the deputy advised her the rule requires “two individuals or individuals outdoors the physique” to be within the automobile.
Bottone mentioned she advised the deputy that she was “Not making an attempt to make a political stance right here, however you perceive that it is a child. It is 34 weeks alongside, and for certain, she’s kicking and it is actual life.”
The deputy responded “It’s, what it’s,” in keeping with Bottone, after which left. A second deputy then walked over to her, advised her what she was being cited for, and printed out the $275 ticket, she mentioned.
Bottone mentioned that the deputy advised her the ticket would “in all probability get dismissed,” which irritated her even additional.
“I used to be like, wait, you are telling me that you simply simply wrote me a ticket for an HOV quotation, and also you’re telling me that I can get it dismissed, however now … I’ve to go to the courthouse, go battle it?” she mentioned. “And it is simply, now you are losing my time.”
“I see this as two individuals,” she added. “The indicators, for those who drive downtown … says HOV (2). And I used to be like one, two, we’re checkmarked. We’re good. And I assume it simply did not fly that day.”
Bottone mentioned she had beforehand pushed in an HOV lane whereas pregnant together with her different two youngsters, however this was the primary time she had been stopped. She additionally mentioned she used the HOV lane as a result of she feels the opposite lanes usually are not the “most secure” when site visitors is congested.
“I used to be making an attempt to get safely to my vacation spot,” she mentioned. “And I believed there was two individuals in my automobile.”
The Texas penal code acknowledges an unborn little one as an individual, however the state’s transportation code would not. Nonetheless, Bottone will problem the ticket and has employed authorized counsel.
“We’re gonna go subsequent Wednesday, pending I do not go into labor,” she advised CBS Information. “So I actually hope I do not.”