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Rush hour ruled fine time for a trot

LAUDERHILL - Rapidly developing western Broward County hasn't outgrown the horse and buggy, a judge has ruled. Broward Circuit Judge Stephen Shutter on Monday ruled in favor of a woman ticketed for obstructing traffic in her horse-drawn carriage on a busy suburban street.

"I think there is a place for a horse and buggy in west Broward," Shutter said after a 90-minute hearing about the only horse-drawn-ticket case anyone can remember. "In another 10 years, come see me."

Veronica Greene was pulled over Dec. 6 by Plantation police Sgt. Joseph McCabe as she rode her antique carriage back from a trip to Macy's in The Fashion Mall.

Cars traveling at the 45-mph speed limit on busy Pine Island Road were braking suddenly and swerving around Greene's carriage, creating a traffic hazard, McCabe testified.

"The horse appeared to be nervous and was jerking," McCabe told Shutter. "The defendant seemed to have her hands full controlling the horse."

Greene's attorney, Ron Baum, argued that far from hindering traffic, Greene and her 7-year-old gelding Kazoo were providing much needed relief from the aggravation of morning traffic.