Thursday, May 25, 2006

Above the Law

"Above the Law" is a film starring Steven Seagal, who also wrote it. Seagal has a mysterious past and may reveal himself a bit in the storyline. Seagal impressed me, it's the first film in which I saw someone do a press check on a gun. I don't think Seagal even knew he did it, the movement was so natural and quick. That one little natural move makes me think Seagal was an "operator" somewhere.

It seems dog owners in Park City don't remember "Bob" or they are "above the law" .
Park City has a habit of suddenly reversing itself on laws (or not allowing the police to enforce the law.) Take a look at the City Park, it's a wonderful place, you can throw frizbees, play with your dog off leash as long as it's a good dog, and drink beer.

Interestingly enough, the Utah Code states:

32A-12-220. Unlawful consumption in public places.

(1) A person may not consume liquor in a public building, park, or stadium, except as provided by this title.
(2) A violation of this section is a class C misdemeanor.

32A-1-105. Definitions.

(25) (a) "Liquor" means alcohol, or any alcoholic, spirituous, vinous, fermented, malt, or other liquid, or combination of liquids, a part of which is spirituous, vinous, or fermented, and all other drinks, or drinkable liquids that contain more than 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by volume and is suitable to use for beverage purposes.
(b) "Liquor" does not include any beverage defined as a beer, malt liquor, or malted beverage that has an alcohol content of less than 4% alcohol by volume.

(5) (a) "Beer" means any product that:
(i) contains 63/100 of 1% of alcohol by volume or 1/2 of 1% of alcohol by weight, but not more than 4% of alcohol by volume or 3.2% by weight; and
(ii) is obtained by fermentation, infusion, or decoction of any malted grain.

Looks like this loophole in the law allows beer but not other liquor in a park, by state law, of course the city can "tighten" the ordinance to not allow it. (Then it wouldn't be Park City, would it?)

It's also the only city in Utah I know of that allows beer sales 24/7 from stores. (The state leaves it up to the cities to draft an applicable law to limit beer sales. There is no state law prohibiting 24 hour sales or limiting the hours......)

As to dogs:

Even Park City has an Ordinance about dogs without leashes, (at large,) but it seems from a recent radio broadcast the ordinance is not to be enforced by animal control or the police department.

DOGS RUNNING AT LARGE <---Actual city ordinance link..... 7- 3- 2. DOGS RUNNING AT LARGE It shall be unlawful for the owner or person having charge, care, custody or control of any dog to allow such dog at any time to run at large. The owner or person charged with responsibility for a dog found running at large shall be strictly liable for a violation of this section regardless of the precautions taken to prevent the escape of the dog and regardless of whether or not he knows that the dog is running at large. Deemed "at large" unless personally controlled by leash or lead in condo common areas, public parks, parking lots open to public, ski areas, golf courses and shopping centers.

"What about BOB"

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