June 17, 2009
Lawyer seeks apology for traffic ticket
A policeman picked the wrong person when he ticketed a Washington lawyer for flashing his headlights to acknowledge an upcoming speed trap, the lawyer says.
Mark Zaid, who represents government whistle blowers, doesn't view the $50 ticket he received in Maryland as insignificant and wants an apology from the officer who issued it, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The issue of whether motorists have a right to warn others about speed enforcement zones has been the subject of debate in both the United States and Canada, the Post says.
Because the officer failed to show up for court Tuesday, Zaid's ticket was dismissed but he says he will file a lawsuit unless he receives an apology.
The more I thought about it, I realized I'm going to make an issue of this, says Zaid.
I like making the government jump through hoops, because they do it to everyone else.
Zaid says he thinks he's found a case of government overstepping its bounds.