Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Friday, October 15, 2010

St. Peters Aldermen Consider Crack Down on Spitting; St. Louis Has Had Law Since 1948

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 2:37 PM

nospittin_thumb_265x255.jpg
Under an ordinance being considered in St. Peters it would still be permissible to hawk a loogie in a trash can, toilet or sink in City Hall. Just don't try the same on the floor, furniture and walls. 

The bill would also ban spitting on sidewalks that abut city buildings.

Why the need for such a law? Because, per the language in the bill, "spitting and expectorating on public buildings may potentially deface such buildings" and "creates a potential health and sanitation hazard to persons utilizing such buildings."

Lisa Bedian, a spokeswoman for the city, tells Daily RFT that its unclear at this point whether aldermen will adopt the bill as law. "It's just something that's been brought up and is under discussion," she says.

St. Peters will hardly be the first city in the nation to enact a ban on spitting. St. Louis has had a more expansive spitting law on the books since 1948, prohibiting spitting on upon the floor or sides of any railroad car, streetcar, or motor bus; the platform, steps or walls of any public building (including churches and theaters); and upon any sidewalk or upon any walk in any park or public.

A somewhat similar law in New York has been on the books for 114 years, drafted during the days of tuberculosis outbreaks. Last year a teen in Ohio was fined $226 for spitting on sidewalk in Ohio. Chicago repealed an ordinance banning all spitting on city streets in 1997.

Tags: , ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation