Driver’s carpool furore
LEGAL LOOPHOLE:Jonathan Frieman is set to challenge a traffic fine he recieved for driving alone in a car-pool lane. Does he have a good defence or is he clutching at straws?
CALIFORNIA, USA - A driver’s sneak into the carpool lane could spell the end of viewing corporations as "people" or at least that’s the hope of one California driver.
Jonathan Frieman was heading south on Highway 101 through Novato on October 2012
when he was cited for violating California vehicle code 21655.5, which
prohibits drivers from entering unauthorised vehicle lanes.
Frieman was the only occupant at the time and was handed a R4000 fine.
CORPORATIONS ARE PEOPLE TOO?
He plans to contest it in court in January 2013
arguing that he had corporate papers in his car which he claims state law should view as persons.
According to a press release from Kathleen Russell Consulting, the firm
handling publicity for Frieman’s quest for justice, state vehicle code
470’s definition of a person includes “natural persons and
Under the code, he technically had passengers in his vehicle.
Frieman commented: "Corporations are imaginary entities, and we've let
them run wild. Their original intent 200 years ago at the dawn of our
nation was to serve human beings. So I'm wresting back that power by
making their personhood serve me."