Emergency dash costly
LIKE any concerned parent, when Sonya Beisler saw that her son needed urgent medical attention, she immediately rushed him to hospital.
Little did the Tweed mother know the trip would end up costing her a whopping $567 in traffic fines for dangerous driving after she was followed by a police officer.
It is understood Ms Beisler has agreed to tell her story to Channel Nine's A Current Affair this week.
In a letter to the Tweed Daily News, Ms Beisler said son Cohen, 2, was suffering from anaphylaxis, the most severe - and potentially fatal - form of allergic reaction.
He was screaming and crying and had welts appearing on his body.
One her way to The Tweed Hospital last Tuesday, a panicked Ms Beisler says she cut in front of several cars waiting to turn right into Brett Street from Wharf Street. She had pulled up beside the first car and explained her emergency to the driver.
“I was very worried and quite distressed as any mother would be, knowing anaphylaxis could be fatal, especially in a baby,” she said.
Ms Beisler then saw a police officer on a motorbike who was also waiting to turn into Brett Street and, relieved, signalled to him for help.
But to her shock, instead of escorting her to the hospital, he followed her and began to “harass” her for her driving manner.
“I pulled up in the no-parking zone directly in front of emergency,” Ms Beisler said. “I saw the police officer and was about to thank him for escorting me.
“Instead, he began to harass me, demanding my licence and accusing me of driving dangerously.”
“The policeman followed me into the emergency waiting room harassing me the whole time. He was aggressive and rude.”
Three days later, Ms Beisler received a $243 fine for disobeying a direction to stop, and a $324 fine for negligent driving.
Admitting she cut in front of traffic, she says she did it to save her son's life.
“I was reluctant to call an ambulance because ... on a previous occasion when I had called the ambulance for Cohen they were unable to find us.”
Inspector Darren Steel of Tweed police said there were no exemptions when it came to the law. Ms Beisler could take her case to the Infringement Processing Bureau and apply to have it withdrawn.