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Driver of gaudy van wins costly fight to beat $56 ticket

Driver of gaudy van wins costly fight to beat $56 ticket
Smoking and guns advocate Lynda Farley stands outside her minivan, dubbed the "Liberty Van," in Belvidere, N.J.
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BELVIDERE, N.J. (AP) — A Kentucky woman whose van is plastered with political signs and trinkets has won a costly fight to have a $56 traffic ticket tossed in New Jersey.

A New Jersey judge Tuesday said she wouldn't want her grandchildren walking behind Lynda Farley's so-called Liberty Van because of its blind spots and lack of view out the rearview mirror. But the judge said a string of flowers bordering the windshield hadn't unduly interfered with Farley's vision and threw out the obstructed-view citation.

Farley lives in Edmonton, Ky. She was ticketed heading home last year from New York's Sept. 11 commemoration.

She made the 800-mile drive back to northwestern New Jersey several times to fight the fine. She tells the Easton, Pa., newspaper The Express-Times it was worth it to protect her free-speech rights.
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