something to honk about
The simple truth is, I can’t. There are so many laws on the books, beyond the basics of don’t steal, don’t kill. There are very specific laws that just pertain to specific industries like land development or food production. But even putting that aside, there are how many laws that govern my own life and actions? I don’t even know how many. I certainly don’t know what they all are. And if I don’t know about a law, how can I follow it? I might just get lucky.
Here is a small selection of obscure laws (source: DMV.org)
In University City, Missouri it is illegal to honk the horn of someone else’s car. In Reno, Nevada it is against the law to place a bench or chair in the middle of the road. In Hilton Head, South Carolina, it is illegal to store trash in your vehicle. In Chico, California it is against the law to plant rutabagas in roadways. In Connecticut hunting from cars is illegal.
I’m not saying that any of these things should be legal. Just that the burden should be on the state to educate people about the laws they need to follow. I don’t think it’s fair to prosecute people for breaking laws they don’t know about.
I think there should be a law that says it has to be proven that someone knew a law existed before they can be found guilty of breaking it.
I’m completely serious, folks. Do you agree that would make the justice system more just?