Mom Ticketed for Walking in Street With Baby

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Talk about mom brain. A mother in Atlanta was ticketed by police after she stepped into the street and was "bumped" by an oncoming car -- all while she was carrying her 2-year-old child. The two were rushed to the hospital but were released uninjured. The mother was then ticketed for being in the road with her toddler. She says she was chasing after a bus and had only stepped into the street. Should she have been ticketed for clearly having a mom moment?

We've heard all kinds of stories about otherwise good parents who become distracted and unwittingly put their kids in dangerous situations. There was the mom who dropped her baby from his basket and he rolled onto the pavement. The mom whose baby rolled off her bed during the 30 seconds she was out of the room.

Oopsie daisies like this aren't solely the province of mom either. And some of them end up tragically -- like this dad who backed over his 10-month-old in the driveway.

So, comparatively speaking, this mom and her toddler, who ended up okay, were lucky. Except for that ticket. That's gotta sting.

You're already in the hospital with your 2-year-old, feeling like the absolute worst mother in the world, when the cops come in and write you out a ticket for being in the road. Said an Atlanta police sergeant:

It was a very dangerous situation and it could’ve been more serious than it was.

Hmm, I wonder if the sarge has ever had to navigate the city streets with a toddler -- and no car? Maybe he'd be a little more sympathetic otherwise.

On the other hand, should there be zero tolerance with parents bringing babies in the street? Most parents I see are supercareful, and wait patiently with their kids for lights to change, even if there's no cars coming. They want to teach their kids to wait for the light. That way they'll hopefully do it on their own when they're older. But I can see running for the bus, not thinking, and unthinkingly stepping into the street for a moment.

No word on how much the ticket was, but hopefully it was something the mom could afford.

Do you think this mom should have been fined?


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tbruc... tbrucemom

I see moms pushing baby strollers across the very busy street I work on when there's a crosswalk not far away and I'm always worried that they're going to get hit by a car. There are also panhandlers sometimes in the roadway and I worry about them getting hit too (I also don't like anyone coming up to my car).  The situation in the article sounds like there's more to the story than she just stepped innocently off the sidewalk. She and her baby got hit by a car! Thankfully they weren't hurt but can you imagine what the driver of that car was feeling? He hit a mother and her baby! Some pedestrians are brazen and even though they have the right of way, I wouldn't want to take on a moving vehicle!

nonmember avatar melissa

I always see moms doing this in the Atlanta area even during traffic

nonmember avatar Shandeigh

She totally should be ticketed and thank God everyday that her and her child are still alive after she did something so stupid.

nonmember avatar April

City streets have these things running a long next to them....they call them SIDEWALKS. It sounds as if she did more that "innocently step into the street". It sounds like she stepped in front of a car! She deserves the ticket

marina13 marina13

She should get a ticket

Serab... Serabelle

I live in San Francisco, and I read just a few days ago that there have been 70 fatal pedestrian vs car accidents this year alone, so she's incredibly lucky they are both ok, and is lucky to only get a ticket. Today alone I was crossing the street, in a crosswalk with the little white man crossing signal and almost got hit!

nonmember avatar Stormy

So the writer is saying that rules shouldn't apply to busy, sleep deprived moms? Can they speed and run stop signs, too? I mean it's hard to pay attention to the road with a toddler screaming in the backseat. Sorry, not buying it.

Vegeta Vegeta

I see women with kids playing frogger on busy streets all the time in about 20 different city's a week. They should use crosswalks or get tickets for jaywalking.

Tal0n Tal0n

. . .

How the fuck are you supposed to cross a street with a kid then?  What the FUCK???

Kzint... KzintiFeline

"Should she have been ticketed for clearly having a mom moment?"  Seriously?  A "mom moment"?  This is one reason men have tried to keep women out of positions of power for so many years.  They might have a "menstrual moment" or a "mom moment".  

There is no excuse for stepping into traffic, and it is not a "mom moment" to do so.


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