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JUDGE SAYS FETUS ISN’T 2ND PASSENGER IN CAR

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A pregnant woman who was ticketed for riding alone in a carpool lane argued that she had another passenger on board: her unborn child.

A magistrate wasn't convinced and ordered Mary Ellen Keppler to pay the $47 fine.Keppler, 35, was six months pregnant when she received the ticket in March 1993.

"I consider a viable fetus a person," Keppler said Monday, acting as her own attorney before Magistrate Deborah A. St. Sing. "I'm a nurse, and when a pregnant woman enters our care we consider that two people."

Keppler had not decided whether to appeal.

"I'm not making a grand principle," she told reporters outside the courtroom. "I'm just trying to save on my insurance rates."