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Washington Has A Habit Of Trying To Fix What Isn't Broken
IBD Editorials ^ | April 30, 2012

Posted on 04/30/2012 4:59:58 PM PDT by Kaslin

Nanny State: The Obama administration's Secretary of Meddling continues his senseless war against cellphone use in cars. Don't the busybodies in Washington ever tire of coming up with solutions in search of a problem?

Ray LaHood, who is actually Transportation secretary and a one-time a Republican congressman, wants to ban talking and texting on cellphones on every road and street in the country. Not only is this a local issue and not a federal case, it is also a fix that isn't needed.

Look at the data. The effort to ban cellphone use by drivers is based on a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration finding that says 3,000 were killed across the country last year in traffic accidents caused by distracted driving. But distracted driving is more than cellphone use.

Distracted-driving fatalities are caused by activities that include talking to passengers, using electric razors, apply cosmetics, looking at a wreck in the next lane, trying to find an address and daydreaming. Where are the campaigns to shut down any of these practices?

Eating and drinking behind the wheel, something we all do, is the worst offense. They cause 80% of all car wrecks. Slugging coffee is responsible for most of them.

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1 posted on 04/30/2012 5:00:03 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

They also have a nasty habit of breaking things, JUST SO that they can come in and fix it.


2 posted on 04/30/2012 5:08:54 PM PDT by C210N (Go Newt!)
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To: Kaslin

While I do not support Federal action on this, I do support 1 year complete ban on driving for texting while driving. 3 months in jail 2nd offense, and lifetime ban on driving for 3rd offense.


3 posted on 04/30/2012 8:28:46 PM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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To: Kaslin

There is no problem so great that government can’t make even worse.


4 posted on 04/30/2012 8:32:00 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: packrat35
LMAO.... Your tag line >>by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
belies your avid support of trivial Federal actions......how about 2 hands on the wheel at all times as well as a Government Mandated safety feature to stop the car immediately if it senses only one hand??.....Geez!...Nanny Staters!
5 posted on 04/30/2012 11:34:29 PM PDT by M-cubed
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To: Kaslin

Silly IBD... You don’t try to fix something that’s broken. What if it stays broken? Then who gets the blame? You do, of course. The trick is to fix things that aren’t broken. That way, when they’re still not broken, you get to claim credit for fixing them.

It’s really quite simple.


6 posted on 04/30/2012 11:37:56 PM PDT by Redcloak (Mitt Romney: Puttin' the "Country club" back in "Republican".)
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To: M-cubed

I said I do not want it to be a Federal issue. However I would support any state make that call.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 10:07:00 AM PDT by packrat35 (When will we admit we are now almost a police state?)
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