The dumbest New Jersey laws you might break in summer 2016
Summer weather is here, and you're likely spending your time outdoors. Seriously, why are you even reading this. It's gorgeous out! Go play!
But before you do, make sure you're caught up on some of the most ... unexpected — no, to heck with that. On some of the just plain dumbest New Jersey laws that might trip you up this summer.
HEY! I'M PASSING YOU!
If you're on the road (And not in a business or residential area) you've got to "give audible warning" before passing another car — or, for that matter, a bicycle or a skateboard. That probably means honking, not yelling ... but the law doesn't actually say.
Neither strikes us as particularly pleasant.
NO CURSING IN PUBLIC
In several New Jersey towns, you can be hit with a disorderly persons charge for cursing in public — though the ACLU might have something to say about it. It's certainly not happy that notorious marijuana advocate Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion was charged for doing just that in Trenton. He was also charged with cyber-harassment after a video of him yelling nasty names at a police officer surfaced online.
“It’s pretty ridiculous,” Alex Shalom, senior staff attorney at the ACLU-NJ, which often litigates First Amendment cases, told New Jersey 101.5.
“They very plainly can’t sustain their charges for either one.”
ANNOYANCE IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEER-HOLDER
If you're drinking in Mount Laurel — whether on a public street, in a public place or in your own home — it's illegal to be drunk "to the annoyance of any person."
So if your tolerance for alcohol is low, make sure your friends' and families' tolerance for you is high.
WAR OF THE SEXES
On a related topic, men of Haddon Township — please don't annoy women. If you can avoid it.
Under Code 175-12, whoever approaches or accosts a person of the opposite sex and "attempts to speak to or to become acquainted with such person against his will, on a public street or other public place in the township" is breaking the law (unless they already know each other or it's in the course of the legitimate business).
Same-sex annoyance is perfectly legal. How progressive.
PUT THE PARKING PASS IN THE PROPER POSITION OR BE PENALIZED IN POINT PLEASANT BEACH
We've been getting calls about this one for years.
According to Point Pleasant Beach's ordinance book, if you pay for parking and are given a receipt, it has to be displayed in the front window, on the driver's side, with the printed side up. Put it somewhere else ... like the passenger side ... and you're risking a $48 ticket.
And the callers tell us Point Pleasant Beach is serious about it. Countless say they've been ticketed, and they're pissed.
Insult to injury: In 2014, a Camden County attorney won a victory over the borough, after being ticketed for putting his parking receipt on the passenger side. Judge Rochelle Gizinski tossed out the attorney's ticket, agreeing the borough didn't make its rules clear ... but wouldn't invalidate the tickets of other people hit with the same offense, according to an NJ Advance Media story at the time.
When the attorney went to municipal court to challenge the ticket in 2013, at least 45 drivers were there for the same violation, he had said.
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