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Man gets two tickets after he saves his son's life. What is up with this?

Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru 2012/05/22 18:26:47
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A New Jersey dad got the scare of his life when his 5-year-old son
almost ran off a steep embankment, and though the man saved the boy from
falling, he couldn't stop his Jeep from going over the precipice and
into a river below.



The reward for his ordeal? Two traffic tickets from local police.



Frank Roder, a construction worker from the town of Winfield Park,
had taken his son, Aidan, down to the Rahway River to feed ducks
Thursday. But when he stopped briefly before settling on a parking
space, the impatient boy jumped out and took off -- straight toward a
ledge 35 feet above the river, Roder recalled.



"He hopped out, and I thought that was OK, I was just going to park,"
Roder, 38, said, but "he just took off, made a beeline for the edge."



"Um, Daddy ..."

- Aidan, as he watched his dad's Jeep roll off an embankment.



The panic-stricken father jumped out of the cab of his 2006 Jeep
Commander and raced after the errant boy, catching him just feet from
the edge.



That's when Aidan, eyes as big as saucers, looked behind Roder and said, "Um, Daddy ..."



Roder turned in time to see the Jeep nosedive down the embankment and land in the muddy water.



Roder hugged the boy and waited as Union County police converged on
the scene over the next few hours. A crane pulled the Jeep out, and
amazingly, it started right up, though Roder is pretty sure his
insurance company will count it as totaled.



He was counting his blessings when a young cop approached him and
handed him two tickets. One was for failure to produce the insurance
card, which was somewhere in the waterlogged cab. The other was for
failing to use his emergency brake.



Read More: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/05/21/saves-his-kid...

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  • Brosia 2012/06/20 01:54:55
  • Andrew 2012/05/24 00:21:54
    This is crazy.
    Andrew
    Real crazy.
  • Callaway 2012/05/23 10:45:47
    This is crazy.
    Callaway
    I might be tempted to go to court just to present the case and see what kind of reception the young cop gets, worst you could get most likely would be court costs plus tickets if you lost and a decent chance of getting it totally tossed in front of the right judge. Either way the guy should be glad the principle reason for the action to begin with is safe and sound the tickets are a mere sideshow byproduct of what could have been a terribly tragic day. Sounds like a ticket quota system at work or some kind of inner squad ticket writing contest amongst the cops.
  • Bob DiN 2012/05/23 05:15:15
    Thats fair.
    Bob DiN
    The gut was careless.
  • Me 2012/05/23 02:36:56
    This is crazy.
    Me
    +1
    omg...guess the county needs the money
  • GeminiWolf 2012/05/23 02:08:48 (edited)
    This is crazy.
    GeminiWolf
  • Bob, th... GeminiWolf 2012/05/23 03:35:46
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +1
    LOL!!!
  • Redskin 2012/05/23 00:52:08
    This is crazy.
    Redskin
  • Dave0626 2012/05/23 00:31:42 (edited)
    This is crazy.
    Dave0626
    +4
    Years ago, cops had some sense of human decency. Seems like most of the cops of today have left their humanity at the Academy door. I'm losing what little respect I have left of them....

    years cops human decency cops humanity academy door losing respect
  • Kurbdog 2012/05/22 23:40:21
    This is crazy.
    Kurbdog
    +4
    Cops are not happy unless they can ruin someones day. Same mentality as any other gang of thugs. cops suck
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/05/22 23:22:11
    This is crazy.
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +4
    Wait for a visit from Family Services for child endangerment.

    I hope the nice judge throws the tickets out -- and reads the officer the riot act for wasting his time.
  • Assassi... jubil8 ... 2012/05/22 23:38:03
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +2
    Me too.
  • Pat jubil8 ... 2012/05/22 23:59:33
    Pat
    +1
    I agree.
  • Georgia50 2012/05/22 21:11:09
    This is crazy.
    Georgia50
    +4
    CSS...Complete Sphincter Syndrome...

    [...]
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2012/05/22 21:07:57
    This is crazy.
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    +3
    crazy save your son and get tickests.
  • Assassi... Phyl *I... 2012/05/22 23:38:26
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +2
    Yeah. Who thinks to put on the emergency brake when saving their sons life?
  • Will Advocate of PHAET 2012/05/22 21:03:32
    This is crazy.
    Will Advocate of  PHAET
    +2
    It's either poor judgement on the cop's part, or they were instructed to collect revenue or lose their jobs. Doesn't surprise me a bit in Jersey.
  • jubil8 ... Will Ad... 2012/05/23 01:05:14
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +2
    Possibly, except I haven't heard that that's as much of a business-as-usual thing for counties -- just specific towns. But with "revenue sharing," who knows...
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/05/22 20:56:26
    This is crazy.
    Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆
    +3
    More than that: this looks as though the cops are more interested in using fines as a source of revenue for the cities they serve, whether the cited drivers deserve to pay those fines, or not.
  • Assassi... Temlako... 2012/05/22 23:38:43
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +2
    Looks that way to me too.
  • Clare Marie 2012/05/22 20:17:13
    This is crazy.
    Clare Marie
    +4
    I thought the world already had enough "police gives man ticket stories because..." stories. I guess I was wrong. This is seriously sick.
  • Mrkando 2012/05/22 20:08:47
    This is crazy.
    Mrkando
    +3
    Who among us would not do the same thing. When you see your child is in danger nothing else is important. Your only thought is to stop them from killing themselves.
    The ticket for failing to produce proof of insurance is absurd but, once provided, should not cost him anything. The other is a small price to pay to still have his son.
  • NarcolepticGoat 2012/05/22 20:08:42
    This is crazy.
    NarcolepticGoat
    +2
    The cop was within his rights but come on, really? Cut the guy some slack, officer!
  • Jack's Pearl 2012/05/22 20:00:51
    This is crazy.
    Jack's Pearl
    +2
    The man just saved his boys life! And failure to show his insurance card?? OMG! WTF! That's all I have to say.
  • Assassi... Jack's ... 2012/05/22 23:39:13
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +2
    yeah the fact it was submerged should've been a clue.
  • Jack's ... Assassi... 2012/05/22 23:52:24
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    Exactly what I was thinking. Completely heartless cops.
  • Assassi... Jack's ... 2012/05/22 23:53:08
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    +1
    Yeah, that is just being a jerk.
  • Jack's ... Assassi... 2012/05/22 23:56:13
    Jack's Pearl
    +1
    And screw the emergency break! If he had taken the two seconds to set it he may have lost his son! Another WTF!!! I think he should fight the tickets. I would never pay them. Never.
  • JohnT 2012/05/22 19:48:59
    This is crazy.
    JohnT
    +2
    Typical rookie cop, I don't understand how he made it through the academy when common sense is a big part of the job. Obviously this moron squeaked by on the mental test. Perhaps in time he will get weeded out for just being a idiot.
  • Lorax 2012/05/22 19:08:21
    This is crazy.
    Lorax
    +2
    A very sad state of affairs when the policeman was to blind by his duty to understand the most important thing to the father was to save the life of his son.
  • HarleyCharley 2012/05/22 19:05:38
    This is crazy.
    HarleyCharley
    +2
    It was an accident....
  • Assassi... HarleyC... 2012/05/22 23:39:39
    Assassin~ Badass Buzz Guru
    Yes and he was lucky to have saved his son.
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/05/22 18:52:55
  • Mantic mk, Sma... 2012/05/22 21:07:20 (edited)
    Mantic
    +1
    the policeman is your friend

    True 'nuff.

    Not all police officers are asses (thank goodness). But enough are.
  • mk, Sma... Mantic 2012/05/22 21:09:01
  • Just Another Girl (5) 2012/05/22 18:47:41
    This is crazy.
    Just Another Girl (5)
    +3
    And completely unfair. With any luck when he goes into court the judge will toss both the tickets out. What an idiot cop!
  • Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum 2012/05/22 18:45:13
    Thats fair.
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +1
    His reward was saving his son's life. That does not excuse the father from every other responsibility, even if he did the right thing. And it would not change his behavior if he had the opportunity to do it all over again..

    So just because an action was justified does not free the actor of the consequences of taking that action.
  • JohnT Warren ... 2012/05/22 19:51:20
    JohnT
    +4
    Really? Compassion is not something in your vocabulary huh. Speaking as a ex-police officer who would have cut the guy some slack, he already had his trauma for the day.
  • Warren ... JohnT 2012/05/22 20:47:46
    Warren - Novus Ordo Seclorum
    +1
    If I was in that Dad's circumstance, the last thing I would be concerned about was a dumb ticket. He took care of what was important, and rightly so. To compare a traffic ticket to a potential life or death tragedy is a bit of a stretch.
  • jubil8 ... JohnT 2012/05/22 23:28:26
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Good for you, JohnT.

    I think most places allow you to produce proof of insurance within 24 hours if your card isn't "available." As for the parking brake ticket, hopefully a judge will have at least the common sense you have (if not the compassion) and throw it out.

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