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Motorist Gives Spanish Police an Earful for Fine

November 14, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Spanish police stopped a man who they believed was illegally using a cellphone while driving in Madrid. In reality, he was just scratching his ear -- but they fined him $70 anyway.

The charge: driving while "holding his ear with his right hand in a permanent fashion."

The driver, attorney Tomas Valdivielso, filed a 10-page appeal. It argues that the citation failed to say which ear was held, or even how many ears Valdivielso has, and says Spanish law does not bar scratching them while driving or oblige motorists to pull over to do so.

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