Honking Not Constitutionally Protected

There’s a story in the Seattle Times today about a judge ruling that blaring a car horn is not free speech.

Helen Immelt, of Monroe, got in a dispute with the neighbor in 2006, after she learned that he had filed a complaint with their homeowners association about her chickens.
She responded by parking in front of his house at 5:50 a.m. the next day and leaning on her horn for 10 minutes straight. After he called the police, she returned for a second round of honking two hours later.
Immelt was cited for a noise violation and appealed her conviction to the superior court, saying her honking was free speech. But Judge Richard J. Thorpe ruled Monday, “Horn honking which is done to annoy or harass others is not speech.”

One thought on “Honking Not Constitutionally Protected

  1. I still urge users of Tracyton Boulevard to honk as they go by. This is to warn the elite residents that there are lesser mortals in thier midst. People who have to use that road with it’s speed bumps should give fair warning.

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