how do they determine where the right ends and the left begins? (i'm sure there's a joke about partisan politics in there somewhere, but i'm too tired to try to find it right now.) and ... like ... what if i'm so zealous about walking on the right side of the sidewalk that i'm walking in the street instead? or something.
more to the point, is this one of those things that people from out of state can get nailed for without even being aware the law exists, like the time i got a parking ticket in providence, rhode island (even though i parked on a block free of "no parking" signage) because i wasn't aware of a city ordinance prohibiting cars to be parked on city streets overnight (i.e. between 2 and 6 a.m., i think) unless their plates were registered beforehand with the police?
I got a ticket for parking overnight in front of my own house. It is illegal to part on the street from 2-6am in Rocky River, though not in Lakewood, the next town over. And it is posted, on small signs here and there.
Frustrating, and not obvious. But it only took once....
Ick. If they need the law to snag disruptive people, pass laws targeting specific disruptive behaviors. "Disturbing the peace" is a handy one. This strikes me as something that has a high potential to turn into "Walking while black".
Meanwhile...there's an old, very true, saw about how one law that goes unenforced weakens the whole body of law. If you can get away with walking on the left side of the sidewalk, what else can you do?
And I wonder if it's a workable defense that the left and right sides of the sidewalk aren't clearly delineated...
It would probably only result in them painting ugly yellow stripes on all the sidewalks.
In Ohio, I fear that breaking the law is almost a daily occurence for the unwary.
You pretty much nailed the reasons that silly outdated laws that are still technically on the books really disturb me.
When I stood for election in my college, I posted a list of comedy laws I promised to pass if I was voted in. They included "it is illegal to be Chuck Norris."
I think we should petition to get this on Ohio's legistlature.
Don't give them any ideas....
At least stealing a toilet is something that should trigger in your mind as not exactly kosher.
Walking on the left???
Why is it illegal to walk on the left? And doesn't the left depend on which way you're faced anyway?
I don't get it.
My brain hurts.
You would always walk on your own right. Like driving.
Because headon collisions between pedestrians are so frequently fatal....
When they make one-way sidewalks, I say move out.
I think I was confused because we drive on the left here. Hard to get your head round it.
Yeah, that's my excuse.
One of my town's antiquated laws is still enforced. While I am not sure of the precise wording, in essence it states that a woman may not walk the town square in shorts or trousers. Public indecency, or some other such rot.
Also, your vehicle must be tethered if parked near the "square." As far as I know this one hasn't been enforced.
I always wanted tie my car to a cinderblock to see if it elicited any response from the one "beat cop" we have.
Still enforced? Women can't wear pants in the public square?
And I thought Ohio was bad...
"I always wanted tie my car to a cinderblock to see if it elicited any response from the one "beat cop" we have."
That's hysterical! Haw!
It's pretty annoying when people are walking on the wrong side and it's crowded. They should institute it for theaters and other public assembly places.
And they should definitely outlaw standing and chatting in the aisle so people can't leave. They should not, however, outlaw stepping over the aisle to get around the idiots standing there chatting.
Legislating common sense or courtesy increases the occurence of neither.
Yeah, but why not add to the insanity?
Call me a minimalist, but I'm not that keen on legislating such things. [g]
Me either. But, you know, since they're going over the top, at least they should make it so that when you're stuck in an aisle, you can whip out your copy of the code and smack someone with it. Which should also be expressly allowed. [g]