Q: My buddies and I all speak Spanish fluently. If a cop stops us and tells us to stop speaking in Spanish, do we really have to listen to him? Can he arrest us for not listening to him?
A: Depende de las circunstancias que rodean el incidente. Usted nunca debe desobedecer una directiva de un oficial de policía aunque hablar no es contra la ley.
Q: I am elderly and partially handicapped and always park directly in front of my home. Recently, a new neighbor has moved in across the street with two younger adult children. The problem is they all have cars and they now park in front of my home. How can I politely tell them to stop parking in front of my house?
A: Actually, it is a great idea to just politely ask them if they would leave an area for you. Unfortunately, contrary to popular opinion, street parking is not restricted or otherwise “assigned” to the space in front of your home. The only exception is for disabled parking in which you must petition the Board of Works for a handicapped sign to be placed in front of your home.
Q: I just bought a brand-new car and the dealership gave me a temporary 30-day paper plate in which they taped to the back window. My question is, do I have to go right down and get a new plate or am I allowed to just drive around for 30 days? I would like to wait till my next paycheck if I could.
A: Congratulations on your new car! The 30-day expiration on a temporary Indiana registration allows you that time to get your proper registration freely within that 30 days as long as you maintain insurance on the vehicle. However, Indiana law states that the temporary plate must be affixed to the rear of the vehicle where a regular plate would go, and must be illuminated at night. Many auto dealers will tape temporary plates in the back window, however, this is an incorrect display and you could be stopped or ticketed.
Q: What is the liability of a bartender or person who serves too much alcohol to an individual and then they drive and get into an accident.
A: Indiana does acknowledge responsibility for both commercial and social hosts, which means that businesses or individuals can be held liable in cases of accidents or injuries resulting from the serving of alcohol. Hosts and servers need to be very aware of having a legal and moral responsibility to not over serve and to take steps if necessary to insure the person is able to make their way home safely. This can be done through a designated driver, sober friends or, as always, it is far easier to take a $20 Uber ride than spending thousands of dollars for an OWI conviction.
The winner of the $30 gas card sponsored by our friends at Apex Auto Care here in Michigan City was Millie Bearickx of Michigan City. In last column’s riddle of, “Who got which prize from the Easter Party?” the answer, of course, was Niko got the chocolate bunny, Hallie got the Jelly Beans and Nicola got the coloring book.
The sponsor for this week’s riddle is the Michigan City Parks Department. We want to thank them for all they did to make our annual Easter Egg Hunt successful! This week’s winner receives a $30 gas card.
The staff at the Police Department decided to have an employee jelly bean guessing contest. Five people from our staff entered the contest to see how many jelly beans we had placed in a glass jar. Rhonda guessed 45, Ellen guessed 39, Kevin guessed 49, Mark guessed 50 and Royce went for 47. One of them was off by 6, one by 5, one by 2, one by 4 and one was exactly right. Who was right and how many Jelly Beans were in the jar?
Happy Easter to everyone!
The 7th 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 email ASKACOP@emichigancity.com.