Archive for September 8, 2010

Don’t Get Lost In Lafayette At Night

September 8, 2010

Circling the block while trying to find your way will soon be a crime:

The council began discussing an ordinance Tuesday that would allow police to issue tickets when a vehicle passes the same spot more than twice in a two-hour period between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.

According to the article, the city council only intends to ban the undefined activity of “cruising.” What that is, I don’t know, but they assure all that it’s something that leads to plenty of cars using the public streets. According to the local police chief, it’s dangerous for cars to use public roads because “You are not going to get a fire truck down that street. It is just that congested.” No word on whether that problem has ever actually occurred. Or why, if it has, no one bothered to write tickets for failure to yield. Or if they did, why that didn’t solve the problem.

The council also assures all that even thought they’ve banned lost drivers, people looking for parking spots, taxi services, busses, pizza guys, curriers, and who knows how many other people, no one need worry about overreaching. The police chief promises that “If you have an acceptable explanation, you are not going to be cited.” Whew! That’s a relief. I’m sure no one will mind being stopped and having to explain themselves to a cop . I’m also sure that, with no clear definition of what is and what is not cruising, the average cop’s discretion is a great way to decide who does and who does not get fined.

All in all, this makes as much sense as that other great local government creation: Saggy pants bans.