When I was taking my kids to daycare the other day, I was driving along a small two-way road. The speed limit was 30 MPH and I was going roughly 35 MPH.
Suddenly, the car behind me crossed the double yellow lines to my left so that they could try to overtake me. It was a little tempting to speed up at that point, but having my kids in the car and not being a freaking idiot, I just let them go ahead of me.
About a minute later, the road divided into two lanes and the other car arrived at the light at exactly the same time I did. So they broke two laws (crossing double yellow lines, speeding) in order to gain zero time.
I was a little irritated, but then I told myself: maybe this is an OB/GYN rushing to get to the hospital to do an emergency C-section! (Yeah, right.)
Of course, then I got to thinking about how doctors do sometimes get pulled over for speeding or breaking other traffic laws while rushing to an emergency. I even heard about an OB/GYN who got arrested after safely delivering a baby in distress because he had refused to wait around for the officer to give him a ticket.
Yes, there are emergencies in medicine and that can be an excuse for running a red light or speeding. But truthfully, no matter how important where you're rushing is, it's not more important than the lives of the other people on the road. I heard a story about a cardiologist rushing to get to an emergency at the hospital who ran a read light, and killed two children.
What do you think? Does a doctor who's speeding to get to an emergency still deserve a ticket? I say yes.