Court of Appeals Finds Chalking Tires For Parking Tickets Unconstitutional

The United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that chalking tires as a means of parking enforcement is unconstitutional.

As Judge Bernice B. Donald explained in the court’s opinion, parking enforcement officers in some cities use chalk to mark tires of vehicles to track how long they have been parked in the same spot. If they return and find the vehicle has been parked in the same location for too long, they issue a ticket to the owner.

While this is a relatively common occurrence, Alison Taylor sued the city of Saginaw, Michigan and its parking enforcement officer Tabitha Hoskins for violating her Fourth Amendment rights preventing the government from conducting an unreasonable search. The city and Hoskins successfully fought this argument in district court as it determined chalking tires was a search, but it was reasonable because “there is a lesser expectation of privacy in automobiles” and the “search was subject to the community caretaker exception to the warrant requirement.”

Also Read: Texas Police Troll Bad Parking Job With A Lesson In Staying Between The Lines

Taylor appealed the decision and the case moved up to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals agreed that chalking tires was indeed a search, but it also found the search was unreasonable. As Donald explained, Saginaw failed to demonstrate how chalking tires “bears a relation to public safety.”

Donald went on to say that Saginaw “does not demonstrate, in law or logic, that the need to deter drivers from exceeding the time permitted for parking – before they have even done so – is sufficient to justify a warrantless search under the community caretaker rationale.” As a result, the Court of Appeals reversed the lower court’s order to dismiss the case.

According to the Associated Press, the decision impacts Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The publication also said Taylor’s lawyer will now attempt to turn her case into a class-action lawsuit in an effort to recover the approximately $200,000 (£154,640 / €178,212) in parking fines that Saginaw has been collecting illegally every year.

  • Paulbe

    While its always good to see bureaucracy given a good kicking behind the dumpsters, it will make parking an even greater hell in these locations.

    • Nick099

      True, but it is nice to see that a person’s property is still protected from government abuse.

      If parking is to be controlled, they are going to have to find another, legal way.

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Americans. Smh.

    • Nick099

      The 4th Amendment under our Constitution is the envy of the world.
      But don’t stop there, check out the other nine.

      🙂

      • Mr Mister

        You’re a testament to the American education system.

        There are 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

        • Benjamin B.

          I think he meant the Bill of Rights, or the first ten amendments added to appease the Democratic Republicans who were worried the Constitution gave too much power to DC and the Federalists /Nationalists

        • Nick099

          Oh how snarky!

          The Bill of Rights Mr. Wizard…..the Bill of Rights.

          Read up on it.

  • brn

    Seems as though the shark has been jumped.

  • Paul

    As Jackie Gleason would say ” How sweet it is”

  • Dre Andre

    Very easy fix for the Government. Parking Enforcement Officer can simply mark lines with the chalk on the road close to both sides of a tire where is touches the road. Can’t dispute the marking of the road, since it’s public property. Again, easy fix around a person 4th Amendment Rights.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Ugh…. these people make me sick. Firstly $200,000 in fines per year? Alarm bells ringing already. You’re dealing with a fruit-loop/DB.
    Next, these sorts of actions will only then direct local governments to acquire the fines in other ways. Most likely, it’ll be some kind of car mounted camera that will trawl the streets and hand out the fines electronically and instantly. So, no more chalk marks, but an inbox full of fines.
    Congratulations. You just made the world a whole lot more sh!tty for everyone else.

  • tracee

    I still remember the time when I lost my job couple of months back from my company in which I have given a lot of time and hardwork. I was in no way into programs akin to achieve your dream “overnight” which later on turned into marketing promotions tactics in which you ought to firstly get keen clients and then sell a product to friends and family or any individual to make sure that they will be in your group. This web based work has given me convenience to work from home and now I am able to dedicate valuable time with my family members and get ample leisure time to go out on a family trips. This task has given me an opportunity to earn money approximately $20,000-$21,000 every month by doing easy web-based work. Go and check out the most awesome work opportunity.>>>>>>>>>>>>> N00.UK/Q8AVJ

  • Nick099

    ROFLMAO!

    Yeah…I’d rather be in France where a judge can hold a person without charge for weeks.

    Sure.

    Or maybe in the UK where I can be arrested for calling someone a F##k tard…like yourself.

    Perhaps in the Netherlands where I can be arrested for drawing cartoons that may offend someone.

    None of these things can happen in the US…those pesky Bill of Rights…there is 10 of them.

    No other nation has them all.

    Then there is something called “The Exclusionary Rule.”

    Imbecile.

    • Julien Lachemoi

      Look, it’s fine for you to be happy with Americans laws but that does not mean anybody is envious.

      Because Americans laws are regurlaly mocked about all the nonsense you see daily in news about them.
      I know answering to someone that insults people and see them as inferior is a waste of time but your nonsense was too big to let it pass.
      Have a nice day.

Remember That 3D-Printed Aventador Replica? Well, It Actually Runs!

The Lambo replica is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 5.7-liter Corvette V8 and its bodywork was created by just three cheap 3D printers.

Five Years After Its Recall, A Defective Key Is Still Present In Camaro’s Parts Catalog

The key in question was first recalled by General Motors in June 2014, yet an employee discovered it was still available as a replacement.

2020 BMW X6 M Cabrio Answers A Question No One Asked In The First Place

Good thing BMW has no plans whatsoever of building such a thing, because…. well, it just doesn’t make sense.

1,200 HP Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 Makes The Trackhawk Seem Puny

It may be seven years old, but this wildly modified Grand Cherokee is one of the craziest Jeeps out there.

Olympic Athlete Runs In A Bubble Filled With Hyundai Nexo’s Exhaust Flow

The Nexo’s exhaust emits water and 99.9 per cent filtered oxygen – or else the runner would suffocate.

Lunaz Breathes New Life Into Classics With Electric Power And Modern Gear

After a full restoration process, the old mechanical parts are ditched in favor of all-electric powertrains and tech like Wi-Fi .

Totally Burnt Out Ferrari 458 Spider Is Unrecognizable, Yet Up For Sale

Nothing in this pile reminds us of a 458, as it’s been completely destroyed, but someone has decided to put it up for auction.

Goddammit! Delivery Guy Tries To Slice Half A Second Off, Instantly Regrets It

The truck driver apparently pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake.

Driven: 2019 Toyota 86 GT Remains A Compelling Driver’s Car

The Toyota 86 GT with the Dynamic Performance Package is a hoot to drive, despite showing its age in certain areas.

Mazda Continues Testing RX-8 Prototypes At The ‘Ring, Fuels Rotary Return Rumors

Could Mazda bring back the RX nameplate that was killed off in 2012, probably with some kind of electrification? We sure hope so.