Honks for striking teachers: Tickets tossed
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have dismissed four tickets issued to motorists honking their horns in support of striking teachers in the Medford school district.
The Mail Tribune (http://bit.ly/1g25OPH) reports that the sheriff's office issued the tickets Monday at an elementary school.
But the tickets were written incorrectly, citing a law against defective horns, and even if they had cited the correct statute, they might have been successfully challenged.
The paper said appeals courts in three cases since 1992 have ruled that tickets for such honking violate the Oregon constitution's free speech provisions.
Spokeswoman Andrea Carlson confirmed Wednesday the sheriff's department had asked a justice of the peace to dismiss the tickets.
Meanwhile, progress was reported Wednesday in bargaining that's being overseen by a state mediator. The strike began last week.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/
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