Mow your lawn, or go to jail! That's what the city council is saying in Canton, Ohio (by my neck of the woods). The local Canton paper talks about it more, but below is the story from the Associated Press:
Homeowners who don't mow their grass in this northeast Ohio city now face stiffer penalties — including possible jail time. The city council unanimously passed a law Monday that makes a second high-grass violation a fourth-degree misdemeanor carrying a fine of up to $250 and as many as 30 days in jail.As all of you know, government has always been successful at legislating a change in behavior (yeah right). I'm hoping the people in Canton protest this by not mowing lawns for a month. That would be funny. Plus, the terminology is just hilarous. "Hey, what are you in jail for? Me, robbery, You? Uh, for a second High-Grass Violation." Yeesh.
The previous law only made the first violation a minor misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $150 but no jail time. The new law is to take effect in 30 days. "This is the type of action we need to take in order to clean up our neighborhoods and our city," Mayor William J. Healy II said.