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Old 12-02-2011, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I just discovered, and a bit shocked, from talking to someone at traffic court, that his son was given a ticket for spitting on the sidewalk downtown: $150 Fine, comes under the heading Rude Conduct. And what would happen if you suddenly vomited on the sidewalk?

Myself, I think it's a potential health hazard, but be it as it may, I polled 30 people and asked them if they knew if this law, 3 knew of it, the other 27 hadn't no clue whatsoever, myself included.

My question is, from that polling alone, who's responsible for disseminating that information so it reaches every corner of the community, to save someone from developing a crime record? One of the people who knew of it, reacted this way: "It's nothing more than common sense! He deserved it!"

But what about those don't possess much common sense? Makes me wonder how many other laws are out there I have no clue about! Is it my responsibility to do this research in my own city, or if I should travel somewhere? And the tourists who come to Las Vegas who are unaware of that or any other laws they're unaware of?

At the Information Desk of every major Airport, or at the Visitors Centers at state's borders, shouldn't there be a pamplet stating the different laws this particular city has as opposed to others?
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:10 AM
 
Location: 39 20' 59"N / 75 30' 53"W
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Its possible these new minor offense laws are published. When and if they are, a minute colomn in the news paper/online that capture the attention of few.

So, most of the awareness seems to come after the fact when fines are issued and the second hand stories start circulating.

IMO, I don't think they care about public awareness, its another way municipalities accumulate funds without raising local tax dollars.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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My immediate impression is that to earn it, he probably spit at a Police Officer, that's a very nickel and dime charge. He's probably lucky he wasn't Pepper Sprayed and charged with riot
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