Monday, July 9, 2012

Jailed for Warning Others of Speed Trap

Natalie Plummer was arrested and taken to jail because she warned others of speed trap ahead.

Natalie Plummer say she was falsely arrested for warning drivers that Houston Police had set up a speed trap.

Plummer told the Houston ABC affiliate KTRK that "I was completely abiding by the law," she said. "I was simply warning citizens of a situation ahead."

After grocery shopping Plummer headed home on her bicycle when she saw the cops engaged in a speed trap. She hastily wrote SPEED TRAP on grocery bag and waved it at passing motorists.

A few minutes later an officer drove up and handcuffed her.


"He was telling me he was taking me to jail for obstructing justice, that was an automatic three to five years," Plummer told reporters, "I was completely abiding by the law. I was simply warning citizens of a situation ahead."

Plummer spent about 12 hours in jail before she was able to post bond. 

She was arrested for “walking in the roadway where there is a sidewalk present." She denies ever leaving the sidewalk and it appears that this was simply a way to get her to stop alerting others of the speed trap ahead. 

"He couldn't take me to jail for holding up this sign or he would have. So all he could do was make up something fake about it."


At BarrySeward.com we say..."you go girl" (in a very masculine way). Actually we mean... Fight the Power!  I am sure the drivers that you saved from a speeding ticket feel the same way!


Similar cases in Florida have found judges ruling that flashing headlights to warn drives of an upcoming speed trap is protected under 1st amendment rights.

In Washington State, where I live, drivers may be fined $124 for flashing their high beams within 400 feet of another vehicle for any reason.



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