(Sabah Newspaper, 26 November 2012)
Know any good lawyer jokes?
The head of the Istanbul Bar Association, Umit
Kocasakal, was stopped by traffic police for using
a 'signal beacon' - the name given to the flashing
lights used by emergency vehicles, as designated
by the Interior Ministry - on his car. In accordance
with "Paragraph 71 of the Traffic Law" he was
fined 72 TL.
Traffic police were conducting checks at the entrance
to the Bosphorus Bridge on 22 November when they
stopped a vehicle using a 'signal beacon' at 1230 hours.
The police saw that the car belonged to Bar Association
chief Kocasakal and determined that Kocasakal was
using it as he rode in the 'security shoulder lane.' He
was fined 72 TL and advised to remove the lamp within
on week or else the car would be impounded.
(A sheepish) Kocasal, when reached by Sabah, stated
that "I don't want to make a comment. Even if I do it
won't do any good."
Traffic police have caught 106 people doing the same
thing over the past five days and fined them each 72 TL.
Among those fined were businessmen, city workers and
four of Istanbul's university deans. The apparatus can
easily be purchased for between 50 and 100 TL.