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Honk if you think sounding the horn in support of a protest is protected under the First Amendment

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25:  Morning traffic fills the SR2 freeway on April 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. The nation's second largest city, Los Angeles, has again been ranked the worst in the nation for ozone pollution and fourth for particulates by the American Lung Association in it's annual air quality report card. Ozone is a component of smog that forms when sunlight reacts with hydrocarbon and nitrous oxide emissions. Particulates pollution includes substances like dust and soot.   (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Morning traffic fills the SR2 freeway on April 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

If you’ve ever honked in support of a political protest, you’re technically breaking California law – a law the ACLU is fighting to get struck down as unconstitutional.

If you’ve ever honked in support of a political protest, you’re technically breaking California law – a law the ACLU is fighting to get struck down as unconstitutional.

Technically, under the California Vehicle Code, horns can only be honked for reasons of safety or as part of a car’s alarm system. But the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties says that honking in support of a protest is a form of speech, protected under the First Amendment and the California Constitution.

The suit was filed in San Diego federal court earlier this week on behalf of Susan Porter, who got a ticket for beeping in support of a protest outside of one of the offices of U.S. Representative Darrell Issa.

Does honking a horn in support of a fundraiser or protest qualify under freedom of speech? What are legitimate versus illegitimate uses of car honking?

We know you Angelenos have some car-honking stories to tell. Call us at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

David Loy, legal director of the ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Susan Porter

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