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Pregnant Texas woman says fetus should count in HOV lanes

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A pregnant woman in Texas plans to fight a ticket she received for driving in the high-occupancy vehicle lane alone, saying the overturn of Roe v. Wade means her unborn child counts as a passenger. 

The Dallas Morning News first reported the incident involving Brandy Bottone, who got a $215 ticket after being pulled over on U.S. Highway 75 South on June 29.

“An officer peeked in and asked, ‘Is there anybody else in the car?’” Bottone told the outlet. “I pointed to my stomach and said, ‘My baby girl is right here. She is a person.’”

An officer from the Dallas County Sheriff Department told the Plano, Texas, resident the law states HOV lane users must have at least one passenger in the vehicle, and those passengers must be outside of the body. 

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