A father in New Jersey may have saved his 5-year-old son's life. But that didn't stop him from being cited for a traffic violation.
According to Fox News, the man took his young son to the banks of a New Jersey river to feed the ducks. But when the man briefly stopped his jeep before settling on a parking spot, the 5-year-old boy leapt from the vehicle and ran toward a ledge that towered 35 feet above the river.
The man, fearing that his son might run off this ledge, also jumped out of his vehicle and caught his son just feet from the ledge.
The man's Jeep, though, wasn't as fortunate. It continued to roll until it fell off the same ledge, splashing down into the river below.
The situation became worse when a police officer gave the man two traffic tickets. The man's first ticket was for failing to produce the vehicle's insurance card, which was located somewhere in the water-damaged Jeep's cab. The second was for failing to engage his emergency brake.
The tickets were for $50 and $60. Fox News quoted the local chief of police who said that his officers do have discretion over when to hand out tickets. The police chief said that he did not have enough information to second-guess his officer.
The man is scheduled to appear in municipal court. At this time, he could argue against the tickets. The man, though, told Fox News that he is simply relieved that his 5-year-old son is safe.
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This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.
Fox News, "Dad saves boy before car plunges down cliff -- and gets pair of traffic tickets," Greg Wilson, May 21, 2012