Challenging $55 Traffic Citation, Attorney and Son Wage Free-Speech Battle Against ‘Honking Statutes’

A Massachusetts man plans to seek further appellate review after a state appeals court affirmed lower court rulings upholding his $55 citation for honking at a police officer during a traffic jam, his attorney (and father) told on Wednesday.

Robert M. Hagopian, 45, is represented by his father, Robert W. Hagopian, 87, in a case that raises a constitutional challenge to the motor vehicle infraction of unreasonable honking. The case made its way from a district clerk-magistrate to the Massachusetts Court of Appeals, with each judge along the way finding Robert M. Hagopian responsible for violating motor vehicle laws , according to the Massachusetts Appeals Court’s opinion filed Tuesday.

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