A 34-week pregnant Texas woman received a ticket for violating the HOV traffic rule in June, but she alleges that she was driving with a passenger in her womb. She says she will keep defending her opinion until the date of her trial on July 20, a date close to the birth of her baby.
“HOV” stands for “High Occupancy Vehicles” and indicates lanes reserved for vehicles with more than one person in them.
The incident occurred in Texas, where a sheriff’s deputy stopped Brandy Boone at a checkpoint on the Central Expressway approaching the I-635 exit.
During the traffic stop, the pregnant woman referred to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe V. Wade and told the deputy that “with everything that is happening this counts as a baby”.
NBC 5 reports:
“Legal experts say it’s an interesting discussion, especially considering the recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights.
“Different judges might treat this differently. This is uncharted territory that we find ourselves in right now,” said Dallas appellate attorney Chad Ruback. “There is no Texas statute that says what to do in this situation. The Texas Transportation Code has not recently been amended to address this particular situation. Who knows? Maybe the legislature will do it in the next session.”
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