GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 4 (UPI) -- Anyone with a penchant for running their nails down chalkboards will soon be safe in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The Grand Rapids City Commission is getting rid of a section of city code that states “no person shall willfully annoy another person.”
The commission is eliminating the 38-year-old code because the language of the law is “subject to a variety of interpretations” about what is actually annoying.
“It’s unconstitutional in terms of being vague,” City Attorney Catherine Mish told the Grand Rapids Press. “It’s simply unenforceable.” A final decision about repealing the law is expected to be reached on March 11.
Mish also proposes updating a law to make it illegal for motorists to ignore police officers who are trying to pull them over. As it currently stands, it’s legal for drivers to keep going when cops attempt to initiate traffic stops.
"It appears that there is a gap in the law," Mish wrote in a memo, "where there is no provision for situations where a police officer clearly signals with lights and/or siren that a motor vehicle is to pull over, and the driver of that motor vehicle fails and/or refuses to do so, but does not increase speed or extinguish the lights on the vehicle."
[Grand Rapids Press]