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7/29/2005
Shreveport, LA: Disabled Man Charged $179 for Honking
Police in Shreveport, Louisiana gave a disabled man who honked his horn to get his brother to come to his car a $179 ticket.

Shreveport Police
Honking your horn in Shreveport, Louisiana is a crime that carries a $179 penalty -- unless you have a good excuse to give to the police. Being disabled and honking to alert a family member to come to the car is apparently not good enough. McKinley Lewis, who has an artificial hip and a severe back injury, found this out the hard way on Wednesday.

"I didn't get out because of all the holes and things and I didn't want to fall," Lewis told KSLA-TV. "I honked my horn two times and beckoned my brother to come here. The police were sitting right here and said, 'you know you're not supposed to honk the horn.' I said, 'I didn't know that officer.'"

Police issued Lewis a citation that he will fight in a September court hearing.

Source: Honking Horn Gets Shreveport Man Pricey Ticket (KSLA-TV (LA), 7/29/2005)



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