Driver Says He Will Fight Ticket for Hand Gesture

5 years 10 months 3 weeks ago June 29, 2011 Jun 29, 2011 Wednesday, June 29 2011 Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:18:00 PM CDT in News
By: Associated Press

BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri driver said he is fighting a citation he received for making an obscene hand gesture toward another driver in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin. Steven Pogue said the ticket is a violation of his right to free speech and now he's taking the case to court.

KSDK reported Pogue got the ticket on a busy Saturday in April when a driver pulled into an already jammed intersection as the light was turning red, blocking Pogue from driving when the light turned green.

Pogue made the gesture and was pulled over a few blocks later by a Ballwin police officer.
The ordinance cited for the ticket says people can't extend any part of their body outside a vehicle except the hand and arm for signaling purposes.

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