Q: I just bought a used motorcycle and I was stopped by the police on I-94 for speeding. The trooper told me my license plate was illegal because it is mounted sideways on the lower frame. I told him this was the way I bought it. He said he would give me a break and only give me a ticket for the speeding. Is this really true about my plate or was he just giving me a hard time?
A: Sorry, he was completely right. It is not legal. Indiana Code 9-18-2-26(1) states that a motorcycle license plate shall be on the rear, securely mounted in a horizontal position, clearly visible, free from obstruction, and at least 12 inches from the ground measuring from the bottom of the plate.
Q: I just turned 15 last month and my Dad says I can get a summer job! I am so excited, but he told me I need to learn all the rules. Are there rules?
A: You bet your first paycheck there’s rules! During summer break from June 1st until Labor Day, you can only work eight hours and can only work until 9 p.m. seven days a week. After summer, while school is in session, you also can work any day of the week but can only work until 7 p.m. You must also obtain a work permit from your school.
Q: Our neighbors have get-together’s every once in a while and some of their guests park right at the end of our driveway. When we back out we have to finagle our car so we don’t hit them. Someone told me there are laws about that. Can you verify that?
A: Yes and no. If they are blocking your driveway completely then, yes, it is a ticketable offense and subject to tow. If they are just impeding your view or just making it a little uncomfortable for you to exit then, no, as all residential streets are considered public parking. My best advice is to speak directly to your neighbors and try to work it out. Who knows? They might invite you over for the get-together.
In all sincerity, if you cannot work it out, we will gladly come by and assess the situation and make a determination, however, this sometimes can lead to a bad neighbor relationship so try to communicate your concerns.
Q: I laughed when I saw the prisoner who escaped from Westville was found hiding in the ceiling. This made me wonder about the prisoner who escaped from Michigan City and was never caught. Did they look all over the grounds back then?
A: This escape was back in 2001 when Larry Woods escaped from the Indiana State Prison. Of course, the entire prison was searched at that time. Woods was never found or captured. Some believe he died escaping, crushed inside a garbage truck, and was buried in the landfill. Others think he escaped. He was never located, so the case will remain active with the prison, State Police, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service indefinitely.
The winner of last column’s $30 gas card from Patrick’s Grille in Michigan City was Sandy Galinowski, also of Michigan City. Let’s answer the last riddle of which one of the girls was right in the guessing of how many menu items were on Patrick’s Grille Menu? The answer, of course, was Lisa with a guess of 23!
The sponsor of this week’s riddle is the Ladies of the American Association of University Women. The winner receives a $30 gas card!
Happy Friday everyone! Let’s work on a riddle that might make you frown. It goes up, but at the same time goes down. Up toward the sky, and down toward the ground. It’s present tense and past tense too, so let’s go for a ride, just me and you. What do you think this is?
The 12th correct answer by phone or email at exactly 1 p.m. today wins.
To answer a question or ask one, contact Sgt. Chris Yagelski at 873-1461, Ext #1020, or e-mail ASKACOP@emichigancity.com<\mailto:ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.