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Councilmember says, "It's Okay to Break Laws"

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LA City Councilman Greig Smith says if you don't like a law, feel free to violate it, as long as you offer a rationale. The Daily News, says, "In a direct challenge to the Department of Water and Power, Smith announced Wednesday he is violating the twice-weekly watering limitations -- and believes he is saving more water by doing so."

-- If I sweep the street in front of my house every week myself, may I not pay the ticket I'll get for breaking the streetsweeping parking restrictions?

-- The cops aren't doing enough to stop people from using their cellphones while driving, constituting a public hazard. My solution: shoot paintballs at their cars for easy identification by police later. It doesn't hurt anyone, and it aids public safety.

-- If the streets are jammed, drive on the sidewalk! Rationale: I'm in a hurry and people need more exercise for their quick-reflex muscles.

What is especially cool about this is that there are a lot of smart people in Southern California who know what's best for everyone. In just a few years, LA will be a Utopia.

So remember, next time you're pulled over by the LAPD or the CHP, explain your rationale, and tell 'em, "Don't worry officer, Councilmember Smith said it was A-OK!"

Do you have laws you'd like to break? Please add them in the comments below, and don't forget your rationale! That makes it okay.

(Check out our Interactive Water Main Break Map.)

(Photo: Greig Smith watering the lawn of his house, c. 1905. Credit: C.C. Pierce & Co./LA Public Library.)