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Apocalypse
07-05-2011, 08:32 PM
Stricter offensive bumper sticker law takes effect (http://www.wkrn.com/story/15009792/stricter-offensive-bumper-sticker-law-takes-effect?redirected=true)

(http://www.wkrn.com/story/15009792/stricter-offensive-bumper-sticker-law-takes-effect?redirected=true)
Starting Friday [July 1], Tennessee drivers caught with obscene or patently offensive bumper stickers, window signs or other markings on their vehicle visible to other drivers face an automatic $50 fine….
Tennessee code 55-8-187 had allowed judges to decide on a fine from $2 to $50 based on their opinion.


Democratic State Representative Gary Moore, of Joelton, however, co-sponsored a House bill to stiffen the fine after he got several angry calls from constituents.


“On two different instances they had their children in the car with them and they pulled up on a vehicle that had an obscene bumper sticker,” he said. “I think it will make drivers a little more aware that there is a law out there.”


http://www.wkrn.com/global/Category.asp?c=175880&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6009892&flvUri=&partnerclipid=

Articulate_Ape
07-05-2011, 08:46 PM
http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/JamesSavant/TNbumper.jpg

Madisonian
07-05-2011, 08:51 PM
I think that ^^^ would qualify.:D
Of course, depending on the cop and the judge, so could a anti-abortion, anti-Islam or anything else.

Novaheart
07-05-2011, 09:58 PM
Grandstanding BS.

NJCardFan
07-05-2011, 11:04 PM
Who exactly decides what is offensive?

Apocalypse
07-05-2011, 11:07 PM
In the video, they explain. Any one who sees what they consider as "Offensive" call it in to the police.

From there, the police will view the "Offending" sticker and the officer can decide to issue a $50 ticket. Or send it to a judge. Or the "Offender" can challenge it in court.

So its the officer of the judge who decide if the sticker is offending.

NJCardFan
07-05-2011, 11:11 PM
In the video, they explain. Any one who sees what they consider as "Offensive" call it in to the police.

From there, the police will view the "Offending" sticker and the officer can decide to issue a $50 ticket. Or send it to a judge. Or the "Offender" can challenge it in court.

So its the officer of the judge who decide if the sticker is offending.

And by what standard are they using? IMO, having this subjective of a law is quite the can of worms.

Novaheart
07-05-2011, 11:36 PM
Lewd Bumper Stickers Upheld in Georgia
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A state law banning bumper stickers with lewd or offensive messages wrongfully restricts a motorist's right to self-expression, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

The ruling on Friday came in the first challenge to the law, which went into effect in July 1987 and prohibited stickers or emblems describing sexual acts, excretory functions or parts of the human body.

Writing for the court, Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke said, "The peace of society is not endangered by the profane or lewd word which is not directed at a particular audience."

Rockntractor
07-05-2011, 11:42 PM
Lewd Bumper Stickers Upheld in Georgia
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A state law banning bumper stickers with lewd or offensive messages wrongfully restricts a motorist's right to self-expression, the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled.

The ruling on Friday came in the first challenge to the law, which went into effect in July 1987 and prohibited stickers or emblems describing sexual acts, excretory functions or parts of the human body.

Writing for the court, Chief Justice Harold G. Clarke said, "The peace of society is not endangered by the profane or lewd word which is not directed at a particular audience."

Okay Nova, what's on your pickup?:rolleyes:

jendf
07-05-2011, 11:46 PM
Everyone remove your offensive bumper stickers and add a pair of truck nuts. See if they pass a bill for those.

Novaheart
07-06-2011, 12:48 AM
Okay Nova, what's on your pickup?:rolleyes:

NRA sticker and beach resident parking sticker. Both on the glass. I don't do bumper stickers. Why invite some jerk to key your car? Besides, they look like crap.

Novaheart
07-06-2011, 12:51 AM
Everyone remove your offensive bumper stickers and add a pair of truck nuts. See if they pass a bill for those.

Now those are nasty.

Apocalypse
07-06-2011, 08:26 AM
And by what standard are they using? IMO, having this subjective of a law is quite the can of worms.
Its up to the personal opinion of the officer, or judge.

Remember back in '08 when a guy driving his pickup had a Abort Obama sign on his truck and he was pulled over by a officer and charged with threatening Obama, when it was a anti abortion sign meant?

http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7hVRUxRO.VwACY5XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE1dW0xc2V lBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA0FDQlkwMV8xM zc-/SIG=12jhfqi3v/EXP=1309976497/**http%3a//www.jillstanek.com/archives/2009/02/abort_obama_not.html

Well a officer under this law could consider a political sticker for a candidate offensive. Could find a NRA sticker offensive to those who are anti-gun rights people.

This is PC politics at its worst. And now the law has the power to punish people for their 1st admen. right.

linda22003
07-06-2011, 08:33 AM
"Parts of the human body"? So a breast cancer sticker like "Save the Ta-Tas" could be offensive?

Apocalypse
07-06-2011, 08:55 AM
"Parts of the human body"? So a breast cancer sticker like "Save the Ta-Tas" could be offensive?
Well your talking about breast, and in front of my 5 year old child riding in the car with me. That is offensive in my view. So yea

marv
07-06-2011, 09:14 AM
I didn't find this offensive when I put it on my Bronco........

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/ii473/marv-album/bsticker1-1.jpg


Had lots of positive comments over the last couple of years, too...................

Gingersnap
07-06-2011, 09:59 AM
There are some bumper stickers I don't like (and everybody hates "truck nuts") but this law seems overboard to me. I don't really want some cop trying to decide First Amendment issues on the side of a highway.

linda22003
07-06-2011, 10:14 AM
There are some bumper stickers I don't like (and everybody hates "truck nuts")

I had to google these to see what they were. I've never seen them on a vehicle. Maybe I live too far from redneck territory...?

Gingersnap
07-06-2011, 10:20 AM
I had to google these to see what they were. I've never seen them on a vehicle. Maybe I live too far from redneck territory...?

It's not so much a rural issues as it is an attitude issue. I've seen them in Denver. I think they're owned by the sons of those guys who bought the naked woman silhouette mudflaps. :p

djones520
07-06-2011, 10:22 AM
Truck nuts aren't very common. I drove across the country twice in April, saw two sets the entire time.

jendf
07-06-2011, 10:32 AM
It's not so much a rural issues as it is an attitude issue. I've seen them in Denver. I think they're owned by the sons of those guys who bought the naked woman silhouette mudflaps. :p

And their sisters have the naked good/bad angel silhouette window decals.

linda22003
07-06-2011, 10:37 AM
And their sisters have the naked good/bad angel silhouette window decals.

Also not familiar with these. I have a sadly undecorated life, it seems. :o

jendf
07-06-2011, 10:38 AM
I had to google these to see what they were. I've never seen them on a vehicle. Maybe I live too far from redneck territory...?

I used to see them all the time in Phoenix. Not nearly as much now though.

jendf
07-06-2011, 10:39 AM
Also not familiar with these. I have a sadly undecorated life, it seems. :o

It's probably hard to see them from the back seat of your limo.

linda22003
07-06-2011, 10:48 AM
It's probably hard to see them from the back seat of your limo.

I'm in the driver's seat of a 325 xi, and I've still never seen them.

Gingersnap
07-06-2011, 11:03 AM
I think they were kind of a fad about 3 years ago. Also, truck nuts were inherently risky since as soon as the owner stepped into the bar, some trouble-maker could easily tamper with his nuts.

namvet
07-06-2011, 05:31 PM
it happens

http://r1.sgsr.us/imgs/250/pb7020.gif

Articulate_Ape
07-06-2011, 06:29 PM
There are some bumper stickers I don't like (and everybody hates "truck nuts") but this law seems overboard to me. I don't really want some cop trying to decide First Amendment issues on the side of a highway.


What the hell are 'truck nuts'?

jendf
07-06-2011, 06:37 PM
What the hell are 'truck nuts'?

Here, let me google that for you (http://lmgtfy.com/?q=truck+nuts).

NJCardFan
07-06-2011, 07:01 PM
What the hell are 'truck nuts'?

You live in Jersey and never have seen truck nuts?

Madisonian
07-06-2011, 07:06 PM
You live in Jersey and never have seen truck nuts?

How do you tell the difference between truck nuts and a typical Jersey driver?

Rockntractor
07-06-2011, 07:18 PM
"Save the Ta-Tas" could be offensive?
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/saggy.jpg

You can't stop gravity.:(

lacarnut
07-06-2011, 07:25 PM
I'm in the driver's seat of a 325 xi, and I've still never seen them.

I have never seen them either. Of course, I pass everything on the road.

cetlan
07-06-2011, 10:24 PM
Since the supreme court just ruled to protect violent video games, I imagine it will protect distasteful bumper stickers

NJCardFan
07-06-2011, 10:31 PM
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/saggy.jpg

You can't stop gravity.:(

I'll never forgive you for this.

Kay
07-06-2011, 10:32 PM
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/saggy.jpg

You can't stop gravity.:(

ROCK!!! You promised you'd never post that pic I sent you. :mad:

Rockntractor
07-06-2011, 10:43 PM
ROCK!!! You promised you'd never post that pic I sent you. :mad:

I touched it up a little.:confused: