By COLlive reporter
A Chabad woman was fined by a New York State Police officer for driving her Toyota minivan with a Car Menorah on Monday, the final day of Chanukah.
Patrol officer R Beyers stopped the vehicle at 9:29 PM on Merrick Drive in Spring Valley, near Monsey, and issued a ticket for “unauthorized lights.”
Car Menorahs are popular around New York and across the United States in practice with the age-old rabbinic instruction to “spread the miracle” of Chanukah to the world.
“The cop said he knows about the Menorah Parade things, but since this wasn’t part of it, he’s giving a ticket,” a person familiar with the matter told COLlive.com.
He noted that the bulbs on the Car Menorah in the minivan that was stopped were 4 watts, “so according to the law it’s actually fine anyway.”
The local resident went on to point out that this happened 2 days after the anti-Semitic stabbing attack at a Chanukah celebration in Monsey, leading many Jews to feel unsafe in their residence.
In his defense, the officer said that if someone would have a pine tree on their roof, he’d give them a ticket as well.