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Village makes at least $5,280 from urination fines

Sept. 16, 2013 at 3:40 PM

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Authorities in Ohio were able to net their village at least $5,280 during the summer via 32 citations for public urination, records show.

The Sandusky (Ohio) Register said its analysis of police reports in the village of Put-in-Bay revealed 32 people were cited during the summer for public urination.

Karen Goaziou, Put-in-Bay clerk of courts, said the offense carries a fine of $80 to $150, plus an $85 court fee. She said those who choose not to contest the offense are automatically fined $80 plus the $85 court fee, meaning most pay a total $165.

Don Dress, Put-in-Bay police public relations officer, said the public urination offense was put on the books around 2000 due to offenders previously being charged with the more serious offense of indecent exposure. He said the frequency of citations led to the lesser offense being implemented.

Dress said not every person caught urinating in public is issued a ticket.

"We always run their IDs in our system to make sure they don't have warrants or anything like that, but it's up to [the officer] to decide whether they deserve a ticket," he said.

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