The Christian Post website reports today (June 13, 2012) that a Massachusetts town has decided to make it easier for police to enforce a no-swearing by-law, in an attempt to cut down on cussing in public.
According to Chief of Police Bruce Gates, the people of Middleborough, Massachusetts voted by a five-to-one margin in favor of the change at a town meeting on June 11. A by-law against public profanity has been on the books in the town since October 1968, but because it is considered a criminal offense, it has been difficult for police to enforce.
"It was too cumbersome to enforce, too time-consuming on the officer's part to enforce a $20 fine," Gates told The Christian Post.
The town's new decision means using swear words in public will become a civil offense, and will no longer require perpetrators to go to court over such a crime.