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Swearing in Arlington could now cost you $250

Arlington police to fine offenders $250 for swearing.
Arlington police to fine offenders $250 for swearing. Image by Cliff / CC BY 2.0

The county of Arlington, Virginia, is cracking down on loose tongues. As of this past weekend county officials have raised the fine for public profanity and intoxicated behaviour from $100 to $250. Officials said it wasn’t that they now find swearing more offensive than they previously did, but that the fine needed to align with state laws where cursing in public is defined as a Class Four misdemeanor subject to a fine of $250 for a first-time offense. In 2014, the Arlington County Police Department made 664 arrests of people appearing drunk or using profane words in public. Read more: washingtonpost.com