Motorist Claims Corporation Papers Are Carpool PassengersSubmitted by PWA on Mon, 01/14/2013 - 01:07
We’ve heard it countless times from losers of courtroom showdowns who claim they’re going to take their defeat all the way to the Supreme Court.
But over a traffic citation?
Jonathan Frieman, a 56-year-old Northern California man, is joining the ranks of pregnant women who have transformed carpool-lane violations into a soapbox of sorts.
Frieman claims his $478 citation for driving solo on Highway 101′s carpool lane in October should be wiped out because, well, he wasn’t driving solo. The passenger was the articles of incorporation of his business — which were placed unbuckled on the driver’s seat, he claims.
A California Highway Patrol officer didn’t buy it and neither did a municipal traffic officer, who on Monday ordered the self-described wealthy social entrepreneur to pay the fine after a brief hearing. So just as fetuses aren’t persons or passengers under traffic law, neither are corporations.