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Drop the chalk: Michigan motorist wins appeal over tickets

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Posted at 1:36 PM, Aug 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-26 13:36:19-04

DETROIT (AP) — A woman fed up with how a Michigan city tracked parking violations has won a major decision from a federal appeals court.

Alison Taylor says Saginaw violated the U.S. Constitution by chalking her car tires and gathering information without a search warrant.

The appeals court agreed, saying an exception claimed by Saginaw doesn't fit.

Saginaw says tire chalking is a signal to motorists that vehicles are being watched in a two-hour parking zone.

The city calls it a “minimal intrusion.”

But attorney Philip Ellison says Saginaw used chalk marks to illegally extract information from Taylor's car.

Taylor received more than a dozen parking tickets.

The lawsuit now will return to a federal court in Michigan.