I've been thinking recently about how ridiculous some minor laws are, at least in the United States. I also have been thinking about how police seem to be more than willing to enforce even the most minor, insignificant laws that probably should even exist in the first place...
My first example would have to be the law stating that your car's inside tire has to be within 1ft of the curb, or you get a ticket. I can understand this being an issue if someone is way out in the street, but should tiny cars be given tickets just because they are more than a foot away from the curb, even though they still barely stick out? (if at all?) Personally this law should be altered to measure to the outside tire, this way, smaller cars can park within a zone without fear of being ticketed, and it is only the larger vehicles that have to get close to the curb.
Another example is the stupidity of "no open containers on public property" that is, of alcohol... Seriously, how stupid is that?
The other day my friends crossed the street to another part of campus and were stopped by two cops just because they had crossed public property with open containers of alcohol... Honestly, that isn't breaking the law, if we were walking around the city with open containers and causing a ruckus, I can understand, but those cops seriously need their underwear checked because I think it was a little too tight.
Also on our campus, while alcohol is allowed, there is no hard alcohol allowed. Yet this isn't enforced unless you have it clearly out in plain sight in front of security. Even then, it isn't followed by anyone, and it just gives the prohibitionists leverage to persecute those that drink.
It gets ridiculous sometimes and I think there ought to be some exceptions added to such laws, otherwise it just gives Police more power to make money for the city instead of protecting the populace as is their job...
Anyone else agree? or am I way off-base here?