New Hampshire woman ticketed after stopping to help ducklings on the highway

A state trooper issued Hallie Bibeau a $100 ticket for stopping in the median of the highway.
By Evan Bleier  |  July 22, 2014 at 6:18 PM
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NEWFIELDS , N.H., July 22 (UPI) -- A New Hampshire woman who decided to brake for ducklings ended up being issued a $100 ticket.

Hallie Bibeau was driving on Route 101 when she saw a group of ducklings and noticed that their mother had been hit by a car.

The 33-year-old braked to avoid hitting the little animals and pulled over on the median.

Bibeau called 911 for assistance and saw a few of the animals get run over while she waited. Unable to watch any more of the ducklings die, Bibeau gathered up the two surviving ducklings.

An ambulance that was driving by stopped to see if assistance was needed and a state trooper arrived shortly thereafter.

The trooper issued Bibeau a $100 ticket for stopping in the median.

"We keep our medians free for vehicles who are truly having an emergency, such as the vehicle that was up ahead," state police Lt. Nicole Armaganian told WMUR. "Stopping for an injured duck or ducklings is not what we would consider to be an emergency."

Even if she does end up paying the ticket, it's a small price to pay compared to what happened to a Canadian woman who was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death after her attempt to save a group of ducklings caused the deaths of two people.

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