Honking Not Constitutionally ProtectedJune 9th, 2009 by ed friedrich
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.”