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A Glimpse at San Diego’s Strangest Laws

By Ross Jurewitz on November 26, 2013

California Personal InjuryThere is no doubt that the Jurewitz Law Group is dedicated to protecting your legal rights if you have been injured due to the negligence of an individual or institution.

But even though we have some of the most competent and professional personal injury attorneys in the San Diego area, there are some laws on the books in San Diego and California that will always seem baffling.

For instance, what if you have a desire to shoot a jackrabbit from a streetcar? That may be just fine in other cities, but just don’t do it in San Diego. There is a law on the books that outlaws the practice. Which begs the frightening question, was this ever a problem so pervasive in our fair city that it required legislation to ban the practice?

So just remember, the next time you are riding the streetcar and are annoyed at the guy sitting next to you who may be listening to his music too loud — it could be a whole lot worse.

Also, with the holiday season upon us, San Diegans are decorating their houses with festive outdoor lights and displays to help spread holiday cheer. Some of these lighting displays can be quite elaborate and people will drive miles to see them.

Just don’t keep them up past February 2. That’s right, any San Diego resident who keeps Christmas lights on his or her house past that date is subject to a fine. That fine can be a very uncheerful $250.

And if you decide to go swimming in a lake in San Diego, we won’t be able to throw you a life preserver because it is illegal to swim in any of San Diego’s lakes. So, if you need to take a dip, maybe you can go outside and ask your neighbor if you can use his pool.

To be fair, these San Diego laws seem like examples of prudent jurisprudence when it comes to other laws that are still on the books throughout California. For instance, in Chico, any person caught detonating a nuclear device within city limits is subject to a $500 fine.

Oh, and in California, if you have a mouse problem, you can always set a mousetrap. Just make sure you have a hunting license before you do so. It’s the law.

Ross Jurewitz

Ross Jurewitz is the founder and managing lawyer of the Jurewitz Law Group, a San Diego personal injury attorney law firm. These San Diego injury accident lawyers specialize in helping people seriously injured in a variety of accidents throughout San Diego County and California.

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