posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 07:33 AM
We all know how the feds feel about local law enforcement enforcing federal laws. Now, there is a proposal for a FEDERAL LAW to ban cell phone use
U.S. ban sought on cell phone use while driving
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called on Thursday for a federal law to ban talking on a cell phone or texting while driving any type of
vehicle on any road in the country.
Tough federal legislation is the only way to deal with what he called a "national epidemic," he said at a distracted-driving summit in San Antonio,
Texas, that drew doctors, advocates and government officials.
LaHood said it is important for the police to have "the opportunity to write tickets when people are foolishly thinking they can drive safely or use a
cell phone and text and drive."
LaHood has previously criticized behind-the-wheel use of cell phones and other devices, but calling for a federal law prohibiting the practice takes
his effort to a new level.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 3,000 fatal traffic accidents nationwide last year were the result of distracted
driving. Using a cell phone while driving delays reaction time the same amount as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08, the legal limit, the
highway agency said.
The movement to ban texting while driving is commendable but, it should be done on a local and state level. Last I checked, local cops aren't supposed
to enforce federal laws, that's the job of federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI, ATF and (worst of all) the TSA.
Is this a move to replace our local police with federal agents? Is this how they will get a TSA agent on every street corner?
Think about it; if they make this a federal law, they will need federal law enforcers patrolling our streets in order to enforce it. They could take
traffic enforcement away from local law enforcement, away from the local police and put it into the hands of unaccountable, jackbooted thug, TSA
If they are serious about a national ban on texting while driving, they should tie it to federal highway funding. That's how they got all the DUI laws
into place. There is no need for a Federal law against texting. That's what we have state laws for.
edit on 4/27/12 by FortAnthem because: _________ extra DIV