Fine for obscene bumper stickers stiffened in Tenn.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Displaying obscene bumper stickers will result in a stiffer penalty under a revision to a Tennessee law that went into effect in July, WKRN-TV reports.

Under the revision, drivers displaying bumper stickers, window signs, movies, and other markings on or within a vehicle that are obscene or patently offensive — as determined by a police officer — will be fined an automatic $50. The original law, enacted in 1988, had authorized a fine of between $2 and $50.

See background on free speech and bumper stickers.

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