Man Arrested For Holding Speed Trap Warning Sign
Claims his actions are protected by the First Amendment
Texas police charged a man with violating a city ordinance after he held a sign warning drivers of an upcoming speed trap.
Ron Martin told WFAA 8 that he and police have the same goal: reminding drivers to obey the speed limit. But that's not how police saw it when they arrested Martin for holding the sign in the center medium divider for a six-lane roadway that read 'Police Ahead.' Martin recorded the encounter with the officers on his cell phone. He argues he is being charged with violating an ordinance that only applied to businesses and not private citizens.
Martian claims the sign is protected speech under the First Amendment, a defense used successfully in other similar cases. In 2012, a Florida circuit court ruled that flashing headlights to warn other drivers of speed traps was protected free speech.
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