Woman from another state was ticketed after leaving New York to drive home
following a September 11 commemoration. The citation she received was
for having an obstucted view. According to a report on her traffic violation,
which was issued in a state neighboring New York, she was told the string
of flowers bordering her window, and possibly the political signs and
trinkets she had attached to her car, were obstructing her view, making
her car unsafe.
The woman drove 800 miles back to the state where she was issued the ticket
in order to fight it. Although the fine was only $56, she fought the ticket
because she felt the ticket was a violation of her free speech.
Although she has been ticketed in many other states for similar reasons,
the judge who decided this case said that the woman's flower border
around her windshield did not unduly interfere with her vision. The ticket
was thrown out, but not before she took multiple trips back to the state
to fight the ticket.
While this case might seem extreme and it didn't take place in New
York, police in New York might frequently ticket out-of-state drivers
and believe that the driver would just pay the fine instead of coming
back to fight the violation. Speaking with an experienced attorney in
New York who handles traffic violations might be a wise decision. They
can help out-of-state drivers understand the legal process and advocate
on their behalf. Depending on the situation, a person might be able to
handle many legal issues without coming back to the state.
Source: MyFoxNY.com, "
Woman drives 800 miles to fight NJ traffic ticket," Dec. 4, 2013