Is rescuing ducklings from a roadway an emergency?
New Hampshire driver receives a $100 ticket for stopping in a median when she pulls over to help ducklings whose mother had been struck by a car.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM
A New Hampshire woman who stopped in a highway median to rescue a group of ducklings was ticketed by police.
Hallie Bibeau was driving on Route 101 on Friday when she saw the ducklings on the side of the road.
"I could hear them peeping, and I looked over, and I saw that their mom had been hit and was dead on the side," Bibeau told WMUR. "I couldn't just continue on."
Bibeau, a new mom herself, pulled into the median to help the ducklings.
"While I was sitting there, I saw a few of them try to go to the westbound lane and got run over," Bibeau said. "It was terrible to see."
She got out of her car and scooped up two of the injured ducklings, but then a state trooper arrived and issued Bibeau a $100 ticket for stopping in the median.
"We keep our medians free for vehicles who are truly having an emergency," New Hampshire Police Lt. Nicole Armaganian said. "Stopping for an injured duck or ducklings is not what we would consider to be an emergency."
Bibeau plans to contest the ticket.
"For the mom that had gotten hit, I just wanted to do whatever I could for her ducklings," she said. "And if I could save two of them, I could save two of them."
The ducklings were taken to a Maine wildlife rehabilitation center, but only one survived.
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