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Stupid law of the week

Posted by Richard on April 20, 2005

Via, I found this testament to the intelligence of Fort Wayne city council members. Apparently, they passed an "open container" law to crack down on the miscreants who drive while drinking a beer. But they worded their law rather poorly, so there were "unintended consequences":

That means an open can of soda, or even an open bag of chips in the car, is technically against the law, and could be subject to a 50-dollar fine.

They’re correcting the wording. Probably had to bring in a consultant to recommend addition of the phrase "of alcoholic beverages." A third try will probably be necessary to nail down the definition of alcoholic beverages.

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