Being Annoying Now Illegal In Brighton
POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2008
UPDATED: 4:46 pm EST December 22, 2008
BRIGHTON, Mich. -- Since when did being annoying become a crime? Since Brighton City Council approved a public conduct code Monday night, which includes fining someone up to $500 for being annoying.
One section of the bill reads, "It shall be unlawful for a person to engage in a course of conduct or repeatedly commit acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and that serve no legitimate purpose."
The bill also states it's unlawful for anyone to insult, accost, molest or otherwise annoy any person in public.
The ordinance was modeled after one in Royal Oak, where the Brighton police chief previously worked.
The Livingston Daily Press & Argus reported that two council members expressed concerns for the language of the ordinance, but voted for it anyway.
Brighton officials said the ordinance would be subjective and the call will be made by police officers.
The amended ordinance takes effect Jan. 17, 2009.