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Woman Claims She Was Ticketed For Jesus Sign

| by John Freund

A Florida woman is angry about being pulled over for what she claims is an expression of her religion.  

WBBH reports that Judy Jones, of Punta Gorda, Florida, is claiming that the Florida Highway Patrol wrote her a ticket because she had a Jesus sign on her car windshield.

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"First thing he said to me, he said, 'I want you to know that you are breaking the law.' And I said, 'How am I breaking the law, sir?' He said, 'With that sign up there, that Jesus thing up there,'" she said.

Jones received a $100 ticket because the officer claimed the sign was obstructing her view.  However, she plans to fight the ticket in court.  

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"I'm going to court for Jesus," said Jones.

Florida law says no one can drive a car that has any signage or material on a windshield that is not transparent.

Russell Uhlig helps with the same decal installations on other cars and has the same stickers. He's never been ticketed. "In no vehicle that I have had that put on, from mine to anyone else's does it block that view. Every one of those decals are in that tint strip," said Uhlig.

According to KFOR, Jones believes the reason she was ticketed is because she used the name, "Jesus."  But Florida Highway Patrol claims that the content of the sign did not affect their decision to issue a ticket.  

Jones told the station that she is fighting the ticket because that’s "what Jesus would do." 

Sources: WBBH, KFOR / Photo credit: WBBH via KPNX

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