Brighton police issuing tickets for swearing in public

Police in downtown Brighton are cracking down on disorderly conduct, issuing tickets to people who swear or cause problems in the area.

Colin Andersen tells the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell that he was simply venting when he swore after a friend was ticketing for skateboarding.

The 19-year-old from Brighton says he was in the parking lot near the Imagination Station playground in April when he was ticketed for disorderly conduct. Andersen says he swore under his breath and no children heard him, but he ended up with a $200 fine.

Brighton Police Chief Tom Wightman says it's OK for teenagers to hang out downtown, and the city doesn't have a law prohibiting certain words.

Wightman warns, however: "We're going to be watching" when people misbehave.