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Transplant patient gets speeding ticket on way to surgery

It can be all too easy to fall into stereotyping those people who receive traffic violations on New York roads and highways. Depending on the nature of the citation, it can sometimes be assumed that a person found at fault is not responsible in some fashion. However, the reality of the law is that it can be very easy to receive anything from speeding tickets to tickets for a host of other reasons while still being a very responsible citizen.

The story of one Clay, New York man is such an example. A registered nurse and volunteer firefighter, the 38-year old man was facing liver failure due to a serious autoimmune disease. The condition had no other treatment option apart from a successful liver transplant. As his health declined, he was advised by personnel at Massachusetts General Hospital that he was getting nearer to the top of the list to receive the needed transplant and that he could receive a call at any moment telling him to come to the hospital.

The call arrived just a few days before Christmas in the early morning hours. In a rush to get to the hospital in a timely manner, the man was allegedly speeding and was stopped by a New York State Trooper. The driver explained his circumstances to the officer who wrote him a ticket and let him continue on his drive. He was able to make it to the hospital in time and news reports indicate that the surgery appears to have indeed been successful.

Even a minor infraction can add points to your driving record. If you have received a citation and are concerned about license suspensions or other actions, talking to a traffic lawyer may be helpful for you.

Source:, “Speeding ticket on the way to hospital doesn’t stop CNY man from getting new liver and a new life,” Charley Hannagan, December 31, 2013

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