[Primer] New state laws

The Legislature enacted a bunch of stuff that may (or may not!) concern you

Joshua Longobardy

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 ( 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.

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