Frisco man who held speed trap warning sign relieved charges dropped

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 11:47 PM

FRISCO -- Ron Martin says it has been an incredibly stressful five months.

In October of 2013, Martin was handcuffed along Eldorado Parkway near Preston Road for holding a sign that alerted drivers to a speed trap nearby.

On Wednesday, the judge dismissed charges against the Frisco man. Martin said charges were dismissed because the prosecutor could not specify which portion of the city’s ordinance Martin violated.

“You know, there’s a sense of relief. Hopefully [Frisco Police will] see me now as helpful,” Martin said.

He remembers the arrest as if it just happened. News 8 shared the video showing Frisco officers order him to drop a sign alerting drivers of a speed trap; the sign read “Police Ahead.”

Ron Martin argued he has a First Amendment right to warn drivers of a police speed trap in his community after officers arrested him for violating the city’s sign ordinance.

“I have a personal interest in keeping everybody safe... as much as I possibly can,” Martin said.

He said his goal was to slow down drivers in his area of Preston Highlands. Some people have even come up to him and thanked him. "‘I go through that area [slower] now I remember you holding that sign. So now I don’t speed anymore and I’m a lot more mindful,’" he said one person told him.

Martin stressed he received a lot of help from his attorney Mark Meisenger. But he said there’s still a little more fighting to do.

Frisco police still have his sign, and he has every intention of getting that back.

Martin is aware the city can re-file charges, and will wait and see if that happens.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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