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Average Person Breaks Law Once a Day

Look Out, It's the Fuzz! Average Person Breaks Law Once a Day

Sneaking across the street against the light while listening to a purloined tune on your boosted iPod? OK, the last offense might be the most serious, but when it comes to legal vs. illegal, it's a black-and-white scenario. And according to a new survey, most people find themselves on the dark side of the law at least once a day. The most common offenses? Speeding, littering, and using a cell phone while driving in places where it's prohibited.

People flout the little laws so often, the spokesman for the survey is troubled: "It's worrying to think that so many people are breaking the law on a daily basis. And it's an even bigger concern that many aren't at all bothered about it." Almost half of the respondents copped to speeding — and let's hope they aren't included in the 40 percent who confess to talking and texting on a cell phone while driving. Then the confessions get interesting: 19 percent say they've taken drugs, 35 percent download music illegally, and 25 percent say they've had sex in a public place. One wonders if all of those crimes were committed simultaneously?

The researcher says this of the lawlessness, "Some of these crimes might seem petty but they were all made illegal for a reason." Is breaking a tiny law OK? Do you believe on 35 percent have illegally downloaded music? Have you broken a law today?


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acyl acyl 9 years
Go Estelle! Just be careful around school busses--you don't want to hit a kid!
LoveSarah LoveSarah 9 years
Yeah, I break the law often. This morning I made an illegal u-turn. Ran through a yellow light when I should have stopped. Speed through a school zone. Passed a school bus as it was about to stop. Talked on my cell phone while driving. And parked illegally. Yup, it's been a good day already ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Yeah, it's not worth it to end up getting pulled over and towed. Plus the panic attacks that will occur every time a cop gets behind you aren't fun.
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
Um yeah I break the law everyday because I speed. But I have been trying really hard to not let it get higher than 70 so I can try and conserve gas at least a little bit. Oh and since this post is annonymous....I have expired tags. When we bought the car last Aug I went to get the registration changed, paid and everything...well she told me to get a smog and come back. I never did. We finally got the smog last month and I'm going to go soon. But seriously a lot sooner now that I read Kas's story. I'm terrified I'm going to get pulled over everytime I see a cop nearby as it is.
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
No, but drinking IS legal. See, it's the fact that these laws make NO sense at ALL! Okay, so drunk driving is illegal right, but driving with a lit cigarette in your hand isn't right? How many accidents are caused because people drop a lit cigarette into their lap? Or how many fires are started because they throw a lit cigarette out their window while driving? No, most of us may not do those things, but for those that do why hasn't it been made illegal? I mean, not all people that drink will drive right? I'm not saying either one is right or wrong, what I AM saying is that the laws are stupid. Take for example pot. How many fights have been caused because of pot? How many people have OD'd? How many have gotten into an accident while driving because of it? Yet it's illegal. I don't know if what I'm saying makes sense, but my biggest point is that the government is trying to put "common sense" laws into place, and let's face it, if you don't have common sense, you're probably going to break the laws ANYWAY. I don't NEED a law to tell me not to drink and drive, because I know it's bad. I don't NEED a law to tell me not to smoke in an enclosed space with non-smokers because I know it's bad. I don't NEED a law that tells me not to throw a lit cigarette out my window BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S BAD. I do NOT need the city, state or national government wasting my money putting these ridiculous laws in place!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Mykie, I agree with some of what you stated. My boyfriend is a Libertarian and he HATES second hand smoke with a passion. But, he was still pissed on principle when the DC smoking ban went into place. However I have to question your argument at the end. "So why is it legal to drink in a public place but not smoke? Oh I forgot, it's because smoking hurts others. And drunk driving doesn't?" The problem with the logic here, imo, is that drunk driving is not legal.
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
True, I have no issue if SOME bars ban smoking, but the government should not tell a bar owner how he should run his business. For you and Me for example. I'm a smoker right, and you're (I'm assuming) not. If there were two bars, one that allowed smoking and one that didn't, I'd choose the one that did and you'd choose the one that didn't right? I severely resent the government telling ANYONE how they should run a business. Okay fine pass legislation that outlaws discrimination. Uh hey, smokers are discriminated against everywhere we go. And don't use the "You're a smoker of course you'd say that" argument, because my two very closest friends, who are NON-smokers, are also business owners and they resent this law as well. It hampers them. I'm a martyr because I smoke. Yes, I know I should quit, I know all the rules, but I'm telling you right now, a higher percentage of drinkers die from drinking than smokers die from smoking. Do the research, I have because I did a paper on it in college. So why is it legal to drink in a public place but not smoke? Oh I forgot, it's because smoking hurts others. And drunk driving doesn't?
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I haven't broken any of the laws above, today. 25% had sex in public - do you know how many of you that means. :lol: Michelin, how do you know about the mess left for people to clean up after public sex acts.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Get out of my private life? Laws against smoking in bars are to protect the other people in the bar (customers and employees) from toxic smoke. Not speeding and not talking on the phone in the car protect other people from your dangerous driving. I don't see how that invades your privacy; it's a matter of public safety.
Marni7 Marni7 9 years
I did break the law today... I speed all the time :( and did the "philly slide" about twice this morning aka ran thru yellow lights were I should have really stopped! oo..and I went 20 mph thru a 15 mph school zone..hmm all before 8:30 this morning! Clearly I am a criminal
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
I haven't broken any TODAY, but I think that the "minor" law that get broken are Americans' way of telling the government "Get the hell out of my private life!" Everything we do now has some sort of law attached to it. "Go to a bar, BUT YOU CAN'T SMOKE." "Drive faster than you used to (55 to 70?) but DON'T SPEED!" "Call 911 if you see someone committing a crime BUT DON'T DO IT WHILE DRIVING" and the list goes on. I am the daughter of a cop too, and my father taught us early and often about the rules of the road. I abide by them, but right now because I need to buy a new car, I'm probably breaking the law unintentionally. See, my speedometer is broken and to fix it would cost more than my car is worth. So, I just go with traffic until I get my new car. And believe me, in THIS economy that's going to be a while.
omilawd omilawd 9 years
Speeding? Check. Sex in a public place? Check. Mind-altering substances? Check. Downloading music? Yeah, that, too. That's about it. I'm a fairly decent human being! I think...
acyl acyl 9 years
THis post is so funny--all the confessions! I speed ALL THE TIME. I personally would like to know who decides speed limits. Some of them are just TOO slow--old people slow! Some cops need to lighten the heck up. One thing I never do is litter--littering pisses me off!!! What makes people think others want to see their crap laying on the side of the road?
desidesi desidesi 9 years
i've crossed about 10 streets against the light this morning so far, i wonder how many more i can do before the day is over!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
BTW the old dude in the picture, looks like he needs some activia.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I havent broken any law yet today. but its still early.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Jude, :jawdrop: $700!?! I got lucky. I only had to pay $200. Mich, I know. They don't have to apologize or anything. The whole thing was really shocking to me because cops have always been really nice to me. I don't have any record and my last ticket was in 2001. I know my rights were violated when they searched my car. They kept implying that they were going to find drugs in it, too. The whole thing was very disheartening.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
I always think it's funny that the police don't have to pay for things they damage, or when they make mistakes.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I always feel like they tow your car unnecessarily because they have some kickback scheme with the tow yards. It really does cost so much to get your car back, and especially if you got towed after business hours and can't go to the DMV straight away, or got towed on a Friday afternoon, you are screwed out of hundreds of dollars. (It happened to me. It was something like $700 to get the car back on Monday, the earliest I could do it.)
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
I just tried to stay very calm. I really felt like they were looking for a reason to arrest me, so I just tried to be cool. The funny thing was, my car was broken into the month before and it was hit outside my house. So when they came out with this stolen plate nonsense, I asked, "why didn't the cops from last month find this when they filed their reports?" and they just said it was because the other cops "didn't do their job" :oy: yeah. It was because those plates were never stolen. My dad said it was because I was driving while not white. I really didn't want to believe that, so I had my coworker call her friend who just happens to be the boss of the traffic troopers. He said that they don't "do racial profiling." That he would know if his cops were targeting a certain race because he audits their traffic tickets. I thought that was kind of funny because the cop put on my ticket that I am white. This probably belongs on the race post, but I just really hate to think that I was racially profiled. :cry: So yeah, be careful. It could be unpleasant.
outofhere outofhere 9 years
It's not against the law here to drive and talk on the cell phone, however, I know it's not safe and yet I still find myself doing it everyday. :oops:
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Oh my God, I would have freaked out. They probably would have had to take me to jail. I really need to get the inspection done I just haven't had time.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Mich! Get your sticker taken care of! I was pulled over for an over due registration sticker last month, I was interviewed by three cops for forty-five minutes, they searched my car, claimed that I could not renew it online (they made up an excuse about my plates being stolen and tried to tell me I stole my own car) and towed my car. Come to find out the next day from the RMV, there is no record of stolen plates connected with my license number and I could have renewed my registration online while I was there with the cops. My car never had to be towed. It cost me hundreds to bail my car out of jail. Get that taken care of or this could happen to you! :scared:
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
I always speed, so I break the law almost every day. But speeding doesn't necessarily equal dangerous, I'm not one of those people who zip between lanes and cut people off. I usually drive only 5-7 mph above the speed limit on residential streets, because the cops are really strict in my area (their commission is based on how many speeding tickets they give) but I go about 10-20 miles over the speed limit on the freeway (which I use quite often to get to other cities). I've never gotten a speeding ticket so far :) I don't usually talk on the phone while I'm driving (I'll use speakerphone if I need to) but I will text on occasion, usually when I'm at a stoplight. I rarely litter or do some of those other things though...
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 9 years
If there weren't so many unnessary laws it wouldn't matter so much, and then maybe our tax dollars would accutually be utalized in a way that could benfit us all!
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