Monday, January 12, 2009

In the News

Being a journalist I find it interesting to see what is in the news -- the community newspapers especially, have some really quirky stories every now and then. I guess it is the case everywhere, but I thought it would be fun to record some of the stories that appear in the news here.

Our local newspaper has a story this week about on-the-spot fines for offences such as public urination or offensive, disorderly, threatening or violent behaviour, where there is no need to arrest the offender. Basically the new system enables police to issue fines between $75 and $300 for public nuisance offences. These fines are issued in the same way that people are given a traffic ticket.

Quite an innovative idea and it is hoped that it will free up the courts. There has been some cricisim though that certain people could be unfairly targeted. Those mentioned: People with prostate and kidney problems, the homeless, and even those who urinate in the ocean.

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