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WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD?

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Published on Sat, Oct 1, 2005

By: The LACar Editorial Staff

CHICKEN TICKETED FOR CROSSING THE ROAD Linc and Helena Moore may have finally learned the answer to that age-old question: Why did the chicken cross the road? Because the chicken doesn't know jaywalking is illegal. Kern County Sheriff's Deputy J. Nicholson does know, however. The deputy issued a ticket in March because one of the couple's chickens allegedly impeded traffic in Johannesburg, reports the Associated Press. Johannesburg is a rural mining community near Ridgecrest, some 220 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The Moores subsequently appeared in Superior Court to plead not guilty. A trial was scheduled for May. Sheriff Nicholson declined to discuss the matter, but Sheriff's Sgt. Francis Moore informed AP that chickens on the roadway have been a problem in the community of 50 residents. Officials didn't believe it could be resolved by simply issuing the couple a warning. "Sometimes you have to let people talk to the judge," Moore told reporters. The chicken's owners say they were cited because they were among several people who complained that sheriff's deputies haven't done enough to control off-road vehicle riders who create dust and noise in their neighborhood. Sheriff's officials say that isn't so, adding they are doing what they can to keep off-roaders away from homes. Later In May... Remember the chicken that got ticketed for crossing the road? According to the Associated Press, the chicken managed to clawed his way out of it. The $54 citation for impeding traffic was tossed out Friday after Linc and Helena Moore's attorney argued that the fowl was domesticated and could not be charged as livestock, reports AP. Evidently, California state law restricts livestock on highways, but not domestic animals. This piece comes courtesy of our LA Car Blog.

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