Geese Man Gets Probation
One of the hot topics in my regular Monday online chat was the story about the Fairfax man who got a ticket for guiding geese across a road. I ended the chat without being able to tell people about the outcome of the court case today. Use this link and you'll see the update from Post reporter Tom Jackman.
Basically, the judge told Jozsef Vamosi that if he stays out of trouble for six months, the jaywalking ticket will be dismissed.
My readers had mixed opinions on Vamosi's geese-defending actions and the potential consequences on traffic safety as they were described in Jackman's original story in today's Post.
Washington, D.C.: I just read the article about the man who helped the geese. What is wrong with Fairfax County police officers?
Anonymous: Canada geese are considered pests by quite a few people.
Washington, D.C.: If the court lets the ticket stand, I want to send him $10. To see a human being putting himself in harm's way to protect an animal is an eye opener, especially in this area. Seems like a worthy cause.
Geese: I have to say I can see the police's side. What if someone had hit the guy? He would die or be injured and how about the driver? It is simply not safe to walk into the middle of a highway. What if one person was not looking up, was dialing a phone, changing radio, and didn't see him and other cars stopped? The potential for serious injury or death is there (the Weeks children died when a truck did not see traffic stopped).
That being said, he should have gotten off with a warning. This is a waste of court time, especially as the guy is unrepentant and told the cop he'd do it again (which might be the source of the ticket).
Arlington, Va.: The goose guy got really, really lucky with other people's lives. I feel for him wanting to protect the geese, but if some driver had swerved into a collision to avoid hitting him, it would have been ghastly.
Save the Geese: I, too, would donate money to this man. I once stopped traffic on Route 28 in Rockville to help geese cross this four-lane road. My husband says, "Survival of the Fittest", but I could not bear the thought that those little baby goslings got run over.
I said during the chat that I agreed with the commenter who thought a warning -- rather than a ticket -- would have been a better way to go. What's your opinion? Have you seen some similar incidents?
August 3, 2009; 1:41 PM ET
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