At some point in your life, you’ve probably been told that knowing grammar rules will pay off in the long run. Well, your English teachers were recently proven correct. A lady in Ohio got out of a ticket thanks to her knowledge of comma rules.
It all started when a woman parked her pickup truck on a street for over 24 hours, which was prevented by law. Her truck was towed, and she was fined. Fortunately, she took a look at the fine print on her parking citation. To her surprise, it prohibited “any motor vehicle camper, trailer, farm implement and/or non-motorized vehicle” from daylong parking.
The comma rule used here is that each item in a list must be separated by a comma, and most of the items in this list are separated. However, a comma is missing between “motor vehicle” and “camper.” According to grammar rules, the absence of a comma makes “motor vehicle camper” a noun phrase. The defendant admitted that she was driving a motor vehicle, but her pickup was far from a “motor vehicle camper.” There was no camper anywhere on it.
The judge sided with the defendant and threw out the ticket. Based on the rules of grammar, a truck could not be ticketed unless it had a camper.
See, learning grammar rules can be valuable, possibly when you least suspect it. It is often said that knowledge is power, so build your brain muscles by learning grammar rules.
Also, if you get a parking ticket, proofread the fine print. Maybe there’s a technicality that can get you out of paying it.
To see the full article, click on the following link: Parking Ticket Story