Woman Fined For Honking At Unmarked Police Cruiser

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AUBURN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Westborough woman received a traffic ticket for honking her horn at a police officer, driving an unmarked cruiser, in late November. Stephanie Kelley has contested the ticket twice, but has lost both appeals.

Kelley claims she sounded her horn after the Auburn police officer cut her off.

“I used my horn. And as I went by him, I threw up my hand and said ‘What are you doing?’ And looked over and saw the police patch on his sleeve and thought, ‘Oh jeez. Here we go,’” Kelley said.

According to Massachusetts state law, “No person operating a motor vehicle shall sound a bell, horn or other device, nor in any manner operate such motor vehicle so as to make a harsh, objectionable or unreasonable noise...”

A spokesperson for the department said in a year’s time of writing tickets, Kelley’s is the only complaint filed against the traffic officer.

Due to fees and time spent fighting the ticket, the $55 citation has now cost Kelley about $500.

WBZ NewsRadio’s Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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