Appeals Court Rules Tire Chalking Violates Driver’s Constitutional Rights

Judge‘s gavel on brown shining table and bookshelf background.A Michigan appeals court late last week ruled that a city parking officer who chalked the tires of a woman with 14 city parking tickets violated her constitutional rights.

Alison Taylor contested a ticket she received in Saginaw in 2014, saying it was invalid because chalking her tires violated her Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search. The first court to hear her case ruled chalking was a search but not unreasonable, and later appeals had various results. Read a full summary of the case here.

Last week’s ruling by the 6th U.S. District Court of Appeals said, “tire chalking is not necessary to meet the ordinary needs of law enforcement,” and constitutes a Fourth Amendment violation. That court’s rulings set legal precedent in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.For her part, Taylor’s lawyers say they plan to file a class action lawsuit based on the case, covering other Saginaw drivers, and have similar suits pending in two other Michigan cities.

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