Some folks will go to great lengths to contest a speeding ticket, but this is the first time we’ve heard someone claim a speeding ticket was a violation of religious freedom.
Yet that’s exactly what Jeffrey L. Manke of Oshkosh, Wisc, did. Manke was was ticketed for driving 71 mph in a 55 mph zone in October 2011. He argued that Wisconsin’s speeding statutes were unconstitutional as they violated his religious freedom because they prohibit a person from speeding. Manke claimed in court that his understanding of the Bible indicates he’s a man, not a person.
The state court of appeals didn’t buy his argument and cut through Manke’s semantics.
“Manke does not explain how or why being a ‘person’ for purposes of the speeding statute is a burden upon his religious beliefs,” the court wrote.”We accept Manke’s argument that he is a man. We also accept that,
as a man, he is a ‘person’ under WIS. STAT. § 346.57(4)(h).”
Unless Manke really believes in wasting more of the court’s time, we’ll assume that he’s now rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and paid the fucking speeding ticket.