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    If you pull over a car for speeding and it has a genuine medical emergency and is trying to get to the hospital, how do you handle it? Do you call an ambulance and wait or take them yourself or let them keep going? I know it depends on the degree of injury but what is the normal protocol?

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    Just last month I stopped a lifted Durango for going 80 in a 50. The female passenger said she was in labor. There was a male driver and two young kids in the back seat. The female passenger ran her mouth as if I was the wrong one here. I asked her if she wanted the fire department to respond and her response was no, I want to get my kids to the sitter. My response was a criminal speeding ticket.

    If it was civil speed it would have been a different story. But 30 over in a lifted unstable durango with a two young kids in the back! Sorry but no excuse.

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    • #3
      Happens constantly doing alot of traffic enforcement. If it was a true emergency they should have called an ambulance. But normally I tell them to slow down if you can't get there safely your not helping anyone. Then tell them to go on.
      I will not escort anybody too much liability.
      Where'd you learn that, Cheech? Drug school?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bnathanb1982 View Post
        If you pull over a car for speeding and it has a genuine medical emergency and is trying to get to the hospital, how do you handle it? Do you call an ambulance and wait or take them yourself or let them keep going? I know it depends on the degree of injury but what is the normal protocol?
        If you have a medical emergency, then call an ambulance. If you tell me that you have one, I'm not going to believe you unless you somehow show me proof. I hear this one 10 times a day or more, so I am very suspicious of someone who tells me this. If you're willing to take an ambulance, then I'll give you a warning. If you tell me you don't need an ambulance, then you have time to receive your ticket.

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        • #5
          Not a medical emergency but funny.....stopped a lady for speeding. She told me she had recently had a baby, was forced to stay late at work and was breast feeding the baby. She said she was in discomfort since she worked long day, so she was breast pumping and driving at the same time. She pointed out the breast pump which was half full sitting in the cup holder. And, I thought I had problems.

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          • #6
            Do you want an ambulance? No = ticket. Yes = ambulance ride and towed car if there is no other driver.
            I miss you, Dave.
            http://www.odmp.org/officer/20669-of...david-s.-moore

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            • #7
              I usually have a bunch of questions. The only one I'll post is ......which hospital are you going to?

              Generally speaking, after about 4-5 questions, I've pretty much caught them in their lie.

              A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

              It's only a conspiracy when your party is not in power.

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              • #8
                One advantage in also working in EMS. I can ask enough questions to know whether they are full of it.
                I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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                • #9
                  "Either slow down or I'll call you an ambulance"

                  Depending on circumstances... no choice &/or ticket

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                  • #10
                    I stopped a lady one night, she was all flustered and red, said she was trying to get to the hospital. Being the paramedic I am, I asked her what was wrong. She seemed embarassed, and said she had hypermenorrhea. I knew what the hyper was, "raised" but the rest I wasn't sure. Gave her a warning to slow down, then followed her as she drove to the ER and went inside.

                    I got off work, stopped by another ER near where I live, and run rescue, and picked up a medical dictionary. One of the nurses asked what I was looking up. I told her, and they all start laughing. I find the definition: hypermenorrhea = heavy menstrual flow.......DOH!!
                    Last edited by phillyrube; 08-02-2008, 10:19 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by phillyrube View Post
                      I stopped a lady one night, she was all flustered and red, said she was trying to get to the hospital. Being the paramedic I am, i asked her waht was wrong. She seemed embarassed, and said she had hypermenorrhea. I knew what then hyper was, "raised" but the rest i wasn't sure. Gave her a warning to slow down, then followed her as she drove to the ER and went inside.

                      I got off work, stopped by another ER near where I live, and run rescue, and picked up a medical dictionary. One of the nurses asked what I was looking up. I told her, and they all start laughing. I find the definition: hypermenorrhea = heavy menstrual flow.......DOH!!
                      lol...I will have to remember that one.
                      I'm 10-8 like a shark in a sea of crime..

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                      • #12
                        I stopped a woman who was in obvious labor (former paramedic here) going about 42 in a 30. She was about a quarter mile from her house when I stopped her so I followed her there after she denied an ambulance. When we pulled up her mom came running out of the house jumped in the driver's seat, and they headed for the interstate to go to the closets "reliable" hospital 30 miles to the south. As they left they were going the speed limit. I'm sure what transpired on the other side of the hill was a different story.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LeanG View Post
                          I usually have a bunch of questions. The only one I'll post is ......which hospital are you going to?

                          Generally speaking, after about 4-5 questions, I've pretty much caught them in their lie.
                          We have two hospitals in my town....... I ask the same question and the answer is usually the name of the "urgent care" they are going to for their back pain, flu, etc.....not a real emergency to warrant speeding and not on their way to the hospital like they initially said. Ticket.........

                          I have had an occasional legit speeder who was enroute to the hospital........one had some nasty visible wounds and the other had blood all over her from the rapist she stabbed in the chest....that was a fun one.

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                          • #14
                            Our nearest hospital is 20 miles away across the bay, so if it's an emergency, you'll get EMS... No EMS, you get a speeding ticket.
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                            Let your watchword be duty, and know no other talisman of success than labor. Let honor be your guiding star in your dealing with your superiors, with your fellows, with all. Be as true to a trust reposed as the needle to the pole. Stand by the right even to the sacrifice of life itself, and learn that death is preferable to dishonor. ~ Gov. Richard Coke, October 4, 1876

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                            • #15
                              I ask the same question regardless of the offence committed - Do you have any emergent, lawful or reasonable excuse for ..............?

                              The reply determines my course of action
                              If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence of your attempt.

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