I like this kinda “Nanny State”

I am surprised no one pounced on this, to rub it in my face and all, but there was an article in WashPost this weekend about a DC police patrol giving out tickets to cyclists and jaywalkers at 16th and L Streets NW.

Note I said one DC police patrol (not sure if it was a lone cop to two in one squad car) but somehow the writer took this small incident, which was the first I’ve ever heard in the District, and then made giant leaps of logic to get to a “nanny state”.

Somehow a handful of $10 jaywalking tickets + a proposed smoking ban + Traffic Enforcement Officers = “the District is turning into a Big Brother nanny state.”

In that case, we all better steer clear of NoVA, since another WashPost article notes:

In Virginia, you can’t frequent a poolroom in Vienna if you’re younger than 18. It’s against the law in Norfolk to trick-or-treat after 8 p.m. or to do it if you’re older than 12. Violations are Class 4 misdemeanors, punishable by a fine of up to $250. Fairfax County ordinances prohibit certain behavior on public transportation, such as using pogo sticks.

11 Comments so far

  1. darpino (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 4:17 pm

    Since when is Norfolk considered Nothern Virginia?

    Also, they left out the youth curfew DC just put into effect. Added to which it is illegal to have sex in DC in any postion other than missionary.

    We may not be able to pogo on Fairfax buses, but at least we can do it in our bedrooms!


  2. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 4:25 pm

    Sodomy is still illegal in VA, I think. Talk about your Big Brother…


  3. wayan (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 4:27 pm

    From the WashPost article (fixed the link):

    “And it’s a misdemeanor under Virginia law to have premarital sex or commit adultery.”


  4. wayan (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 4:34 pm

    It used to be a crime (felony!) in Virginia to engage in consensual oral sex in the privacy of your home, until June 26, 2003 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that anti-sodomy laws are unconstitutional.

    The ruling, based on the premise that government has no place in the bedrooms of consenting adults, invalidated sodomy laws in Virginia and 12 other states, including DC.


  5. darpino (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 4:38 pm

    Metroblogging DC: Buggery and BJ’s all around!


  6. JennB (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 5:11 pm

    “And it’s a misdemeanor under Virginia law to have premarital sex or commit adultery.”

    Yep. Your lawyer will tell you to plead the Fifth. Which, of course, implies that you have something to cover up.


  7. JennB (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 5:16 pm

    Um, I’d just like to clarify that I don’t know that from experience. It’s something I learned at work. Really.


  8. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 7:49 pm

    Riiiight, Jenn. So, where is it you work, anyway? ;)


  9. JennB (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 9:15 pm

    A brothel. Um…I mean, a court reporting company.


  10. Tiff (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 10:02 pm

    I would have posted the article except I was at the parental compound (with accompanying shitty bandwidth) this weekend.

    But if it makes you feel better, when we got together at Murky Coffee last week, I was having trouble finding a parking spot and was afraid I’d never hear the end of it from you. ;)


  11. Lisa (unregistered) on July 6th, 2005 @ 10:25 pm

    In my experience, only cute girls actually get the jaywalking tickets and it’s really just a way to get their phone numbers.

    Now there are a couple of moving the wrong way down a one way street and going against the green arrow pedestrians and cyclists on L Street who need more than a ticket but apparently tire tracks are now considered “evidence” or something…



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