<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Arial, Helvetica, Verdana">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LL:
I recently decided to travel to my mothers home in the south. I had been experiencing a lot of difficulty in my personal life, divorce and a pregnacy, in that order. It was about 3:00 am in Virginia. I had been on the road about 2 hours when I started having severe pains in my stomach. I immediatly turned around to head back home. I did not realize how fast I was going until a state trooper pulled me over. He said I was going over 100mph! I was scared and hurting and wanting to get back home to my doctor so I just signed the ticket. I made it about 40 miles further, then had to go to the nearest hospital. I had a miscarrage. I do not remember most of what happened between the time I started back and the hospital except I do remember getting pulled over. Is the fact that I was losing the baby and under severe hormonal and empotional strain a valid defense against the ticket?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
It may be an extenuating or mitigating circumstance leading to a lesser punishment, but no, it's not a defense.
You had alternatives . . . calling 911 from where you were, and getting to a local hospital, as one example. Even though you didn't realize it, by driving in excess of 100 mph, you were placing everyone else, and yourself, in immediate danger.
I'm sorry for your loss, and I hope you are doing okay.
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