Driver Stops to Help Ducklings, Gets $100 Ticket
Ducklings not an emergency, cops say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2014 9:10 AM CDT
A duck with its ducklings crosses a footpath in Offenbach, near Frankfurt, central Germany, Wednesday July 2, 2014.   (AP Photo/dpa,: Frank Rumpenhorst)

(Newser) – A New Hampshire woman who called police after stopping in a highway median to help some stranded ducklings plans to fight a $100 ticket. Hallie Bibeau of Newfields tells WMUR-TV she was driving east on Route 101 on Friday when she had to slam on her brakes to avoid hitting the ducklings. She says their mother and several of the ducklings were hit by a car, and the mother died. Bibeau called 911, got out of her car, and captured the two surviving ducklings, but a state trooper issued her a ticket for stopping in the median. Police say median stops are for emergencies, and they didn't consider this to be one. Officials say the ducklings were taken to a wildlife rescue in Maine.

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westword6
Jul 24, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
Time for Ms. Bibeau to move to Maine. I bet the Maine troopers would have just issued her a warning. There is entirely too much meanness in N.H. law enforcement. Always has been.
dmauk
Jul 24, 2014 7:06 AM CDT
It's easier to give a ticket to a person doing something nicely, than it is to actually stop crime. When I was growing up, I was taught that the police were someone to trust and whom you could go to for help. Nowdays I find them rude, aggressive, going after the dumbest infractions, and letting go real crime. I have come to dislike the police so much. Other day in the park I went to talk with one, and found him rude. The firemen who were in the park were much more friendly.
skoony
Jul 24, 2014 6:17 AM CDT
here in Liberal Lakes Minnesota the powers that be decided not to cut the vegetation on the mediums and along the shoulders of the highways and freeways so natures critters would have more habitat during mating season.there is a law that says you must stop if it is safe to do so.(these i believe are local ordinances) so the geese will have a couple of adults saunter out into the road because they have learned traffic will stop for them.they then heard all the cute darling goslings across.the road.the problem is they will do this now any time any where.morning and evening rush hours.freeways,highways,city streets.after many accidents,injuries and,even deaths even the powers that be are grudgingly thinking perhaps we should re-think this.