Did you know that, according to new state laws enacted on October 1, you now:
• Cannot stop, stand or park a vehicle within 20 feet of a crosswalk;
• Must be at least 13 years old if you’re going to ride a watercraft without a life jacket;
• Will be charged with a crime of terrorism (a category B felony) for delivering a “hoax substance,” which is any item that looks like a weapon of mass destruction;
• Can be hit with a domestic violence charge if you injure or kill a pet with the intent to harass someone;
• Cannot point a laser device or similar light source with the intent to interfere with an aircraft’s operation;
• Will be punished for a misdemeanor crime if you take a picture of someone’s private parts, in a private setting, without his or her permission;
• Will now have to, in addition to serving potential jail time, pay a minimum fine of $250 the first time you’re caught street racing, $1,000 for the second and $1,500 for the third;
• Cannot, if you are 16 or 17 years old, have a passenger in your car who is not a family member for the first six months of your license’s issuing, up from three months previously;
• Cannot commit paternity fraud, unless you want a misdemeanor on your record;
• Will pay double the minimum fine ($100) the first time you’re convicted of failing to properly secure a child in its child restraining seat, and 10 times the minimum fine ($500) for the second offense?
We bet you didn’t. Well, there are 170 more changes to the law books—so study up (http://leg.state.nv.us/74th/Reports/October.cfm). Because, if you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing it from a cop or a judge, let us be the ones to remind you:
Ignorance of the law is no excuse.