In the town I am currently residing in, there is a stop sign that is ignored by all. And by all I mean, all. It has been there for years and no one stops for it. Not law enforcement or the locals. I think I have seen one person stop and it nearly caused a wreck. You might even think you’re in Mexico City or something the way everyone, including myself, just fly right through it. I don’t understand it. Why wouldn’t the Road Dept just remove it? Or if they want to leave it then enforce it? Its things like that street sign that send people mixed signals.
I know, it is not unheard of to have some unenforced laws. An unenforced law is a crime which is illegal, but is usually not penalized by a jurisdiction. It is a law which is usually ignored by law enforcement, therefore such laws have no consequences. Some instances don’t bother me. Like speeding just a little over the limit or drinking alcohol on your front porch in Brooklyn. But let’s be real, some are more serious. I don’t like how illegal immigrants can be here free and clear and even receive some benefits. That doesn’t make sense to me. I love people from other countries but come by the book. Follow the rules. If I have to follow the rules and pay taxes then they should too. Or else send them back!
Here’s another, it is stated in Georgia that all sex toys are banned. If this is so, then arrest people selling them or close down those stores. If it’s not then take that one off the books. Why have it listed and not enforce it. Another mixed signal. Now of course, there is the ridiculous laws, which do not send mixed signals. For example, it is the law in Acworth, Georgia that all citizens own a rake. Really? Really? And in the State of Georgia No one may carry an ice cream cone in their back pocket if it is Sunday. Why would anyone vote to elect someone who would allow us to have dumb laws like this on our books?
I don’t mean to pick on the State of Georgia, that just is where I live. I’m sure there is dumb laws everywhere. I just don’t understand why. You’re expected-and required-to know your city’s laws. You will be responsible to pay the consequences if the court finds that you have violated those laws. Isn’t there some way to clean up the laws and make it list only real meaningful ones? Who else thinks this sends us all mixed signals???
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