Sunday, February 10, 2008

Driving While Annoying

From Yahoo News: An 18 - year- old Republican from Minnesota is standing up for free speech, in his own mind anyway.

Corey Hauer has gotten repeated citations for a large sign he has posted over his back windshield that reads: Ron Paul Revolution. A city ordinance states that such decals cannot obstruct a driver's view.

But young Corey considers the citations an affront to his Constitutional rights, and the police force guilty of political oppression.

"I support Ron Paul, the city police department doesn't," he said. "They gave me a DWR — driving while Republican."

For his part, Sheriff Shaun LaDue said, "The political aspect of this doesn't enter into the equation at all. It's very clear in state statute that you cannot have anything that obstructs the driver's vision."

Besides being in violation of the law, Hauer showed disrespect toward the officer during each traffic stop, LaDue said. "He talks himself into a citation each time," LaDue said.

Hauer said he'll argue in court that the law violates his First Amendment right to free speech.

"To be honest, I'm probably not going to win, but I'm going to go down fighting," he said.

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