NY Times article on civic efforts to legislate good manners.
That is, fines for putting your feet on a bus or subway seat. Anti-graffiti measures. And, hold your hat, fines for beeping cell phones in movies and shows.
I bet our readers could suggest some other incivilities worthy of small fines. (It's not necessarily bad manners to talk on the phone while driving, but it sure isn't safe, to mention one of our own pet behavior-related legal ideas.) Didn't Louisiana try to outlaw displays of underwear? Richard Allin would undoubtedly mention over-aggressive toothpick use in public. Other ideas? Ban Hog-calling in church, other than Razorback Cathedral in Fayetteville?