Fighting Graffiti With Spray Paint Laws

Officials in one North Carolina city want to fight graffiti by making it illegal to for anyone under age 18 to buy spray paint or possess it near often defaced areas like bridges and public playgrounds.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a Winston-Salem City Council committee will discuss the new laws next month.

City Manager Lee Garrity says fighting graffiti is critical to keep neighborhood appearances and property values up and also helps police fight gangs.

Under the proposal, anyone under 18 who is caught with spray paint near public playgrounds, swimming pools, parks or bridges could face a $500 fine, and a judge could make the parents pay the penalty.

A store that sells spray paint to someone under 18 also could face a $500 fine.

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