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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  • by Teresa Location: Morehead City on Oct 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    They need to do what a city in Michigan did, give them a place to put their "art." Some graffiti is actually beautiful, Ann Arbor Michigan has what they call Graffiti Alley. They could do something like that here. If your curious to what it looked like here is link to my Facebook Photography page, I did a shoot with 2 models there, Kassie and Veronica. Check it out. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Teresa-Lewis-Photography/123593447689791 It could benefit the cities they put them in and give the bored kids something to do, while still allowing good art to be showcased there. Just another idea.
  • by Megan Location: Greenville, SC on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    What if we just let them paint, and if we don't like it that much, how about we go out there and create some of our own art on top of it? That way, you get to see what you want.
  • by Jim Location: Grifton on Jun 28, 2010 at 04:53 PM
    Leave those artist alone. Some of their work is truly inspired. There should be a goverment agency to help them get supplies and promote their work. Support the arts.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 28, 2010 at 03:13 PM
    Anonymous, I have seen a video of it being done and I seen what it did.But I still say it wasn't right for the little rich brat American to get 4 swats and the Malaysian kid get 20 swats.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    You wouldn't be saying "only" 4 swats if you had an understanding of what a Malaysian cane is and what kind of damage it can do. It's not like a switch cut from a tree in your yard that your mama snapped you with when you were a kid.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 28, 2010 at 12:55 PM
    How about a good old Malaysia or Singapore type caning when they catch these punks vandalizing something which is not theirs? You know like the one that the boys a few years ago got when they vandalized someones car there.Except the American boy got off with only 4 swats with the cane because Slick Willie Clinton worked out some deal to help him.He should have gotten the same thing that the boy from Singapore got(About 20 swats with the cane).
  • by AGREE on Jun 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM
    I agree that we should stand up and take our city back from these thugs!! No more GRAFFITI!
  • by Gang-Buster Location: Greenville on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    Show no fear of the paint!! Paint over it...catch them in the act...PUNISH them severely...and above all: FEAR THEM NOT!!! They live on the fear as we abide by the rules and they do not! Fear them not my friends...the tide will turn!!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:58 AM
    I bet this will hardly be enforced. This wont work.
  • by Bob Location: Wayne Co. on Jun 28, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    This is wrong. Enforce the existing laws about trespass, damage to public and private property, and vandalism.
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