Cops Ticket Man After He Posts Video on How to Beat Traffic

'Can they do that?' guy asks. Police response: 'Yep'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2016 11:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Michael Dalton found a shortcut in his Colorado neighborhood that helps beat congestion and avoids a nearby highway, so he posted it on Facebook in an attempt to help his neighbors, WCMH reports. Just two problems: The shortcut involves driving through private property, which earned Dalton criticism from some viewers ... and the video shows Dalton running a stop sign, which earned him a ticket.

The video went viral, CBS Denver explains, and police eventually found out about it. A week after Dalton posted it, an officer came to his home and gave him a ticket for reckless driving and running a stop sign. "Can they use videos from Facebook to give me a traffic violation? Can they do that to everybody?" Dalton asks CBS. "Yes, you have a First Amendment right to post whatever you want," replies a local police officer, "but if you're breaking the law and it's in our jurisdiction, then we can do something about it." (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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