Ballwin man challenging traffic ticket for obscene hand gesture

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 10:08 a.m. CDT; updated 12:41 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BALLWIN — A Missouri driver says he is fighting a citation he received for making an obscene hand gesture toward another driver in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin.

Steven Pogue says the ticket is a violation of his right to free speech and now he's taking the case to court.

KSDK reports Pogue received the citation on a busy Saturday in April, when a driver pulled into an already jammed intersection as the light was turning red, and blocked Pogue from driving when the light turned green.

Pogue made the gesture and was pulled over a few blocks later by a Ballwin police officer.

The ordinance cited for the ticket says people can't extend any part of their body outside a vehicle except the hand and arm for signaling purposes.

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Paul Allaire June 29, 2011 | 11:08 a.m.

Send him to IRAQ!!!

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James Krewson June 29, 2011 | 11:28 a.m.

So basically if he made the obscene gesture with his hand inside of the car, he would have been ok? Also what about people who get food from a Drive-Thru? Shouldn't they be ticketed as well?

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Harold Sutton June 29, 2011 | 11:42 a.m.

Was the intersection marked as "do not block intersection"? If so then the driver who blocked should have been ticketed also! I see it happen frequently here in Columbia and it is an intentional act that I am referring to as opposed to traffic flowing smoothly then suddenly stops. I have been caught up in the sudden stop type. But I take care not to just try to crowd in as many do. It is very rude and people who do so deserve nothing less than a ticket; and a few digital gestures.
Good manners in traffic should be the ideal daily way. I have sometimes briefly wished I was driving a old farm truck to crowd some of them close enough to make them very nervous. I once observed a farm pickup with the large hay bale prongs lower them a bit for the benefit of tailgators. They stopped tailgating and backed off.

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Richard Saunders June 29, 2011 | 3:01 p.m.

He's lucky he didn't get charged with a hate crime.

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