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Furthermore, customers have started to self-police, reminding any potential scofflaws to park their pooch, said Wyatt.
For years the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had minimal power to pursue scofflaws.
So on Wednesday, the retired corrections officer and school policeman from Nicetown headed to PPA’s Center City office to sign up for a limited-time amnesty program for scofflaws.
To put teeth into what is a civil, rather than criminal, sanction, the law gives municipalities the right to forward to the Registry of Motor Vehicles the names of scofflaws.
The transit system lets people board without checking for a ticket, and fare inspectors make periodic ticket checks and write $50 citations for scofflaws.
That’s why the bizarre anti scofflaw behavior of the obscure agency responsible for handing refugees (the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement) isn’t so surprising at all.
And the city might get tougher with private citizens who are snow shoveling scofflaws, too.
Community service requirements would jump to 7 hours for second time scofflaws, 12 hours for third timers and 15 hours for everyone else.
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scofflaw Was Created for a Contest
In 1924, a wealthy Massachusetts Prohibitionist named Delcevare King sponsored a contest in which he asked participants to coin an appropriate word to mean "a lawless drinker." King sought a word that would cast violators of Prohibition laws in a light of shame. Two respondents came up independently with the winning word: scofflaw, formed by combining the verb scoff and the noun law. Henry Dale and Kate Butler, also of Massachusetts, split King’s $200 prize. Improbably, despite some early scoffing from language critics, scofflaw managed to pick up steam in English and expand to a meaning that went beyond its Prohibition roots, referring to one who violates any law, not just laws related to drinking.
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