A woman in Texas has argued that her unborn baby should count as a passenger after she was fined for driving in a high-occupancy lane.
Brandy Bottone, said the incident took place after she used the high-occupancy lane which requires at least two passengers in the vehicle.
As she exited the lane, she was stopped by police.
Ms Bottone told the Dallas Morning News that, when asked whether there were any other passengers in her car, she pointed to her stomach and told the officer: “My baby is right here. She is a person.”
The officer, however, claimed in response that the lane required two people “outside the body” and issued her the $275 ticket.
This is a grey area as some Texas laws recognise an unborn baby as a person.
Ms Bottone, who is 34 weeks pregnant, says she plans to contest the fine in court.