Pay the ticket and say ‘thank you’
How do you say “thank you” to someone who likely saved your life?
That is a question John and Angela Coughlin of Londonderry should be asking themselves as they consider challenging a ticket issued after driving 102 mph.
Widely reported locally and nationally, this couple from Londonderry were handed a speeding ticket after a New Hampshire State Trooper clocked them driving this fast to get to the hospital for assistance with the imminent birth of their child.
Upon realizing there was a medical emergency in the car he was attempting to pull over, the State Trooper pulled ahead of their car, escorted them safely to the hospital, helped the soon-to-be mother into the hospital and waited until the child was born before issuing them a ticket for speeding.
The couple now finds themselves the topic of heated discussion as they plan to challenge this ticket next week in court.
The question is: what are they challenging? By his own admittance, Mr. Coughlin drove this fast and said he in not so many words that he would do it again.
As a parent myself, I do not have an issue with his actions. Yes, it was risky and dangerous to drive that fast but given the situation understandable.
What I have a problem with is the fact this couple’s lack of gratefulness to this Trooper for ensuring their safety and the safety of those around them. His actions should be applauded, not demonized.
Local and national cameras will be on this couple next week as they enter court to challenge their ticket. Here is my free advice: Pay the ticket, turn to the cameras and send out a big thank you to the Trooper that ensured you got to the hospital safely and enjoy that wonderful little baby.
Jayne Marcucci Millerick is owner of Marcucci Consulting, a public relations consulting firm specializing in strategic communications, grassroots coalition building and corporate media training.