posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 01:04 PM
Originally posted by babybunnies
This isn't a Federal takeover of the roadways. The roadways have always belonged to the Federal Government.
This is just a common sense law, just like "don't drink and drive".
Really? There's no Federal seatbelt law in the United States? That's insane !
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The interstate highways were originally built by the feds but, they remain the property of the states that they run through. That is why Pa, where I
live has toll booths on our highways. The feds still maintain some control through highway funding for roads maintenance. They can influence the
states by threatening to take away funding if laws like this aren't passed (which is the proper way to go IMO).
Traffic laws come from and are enforced by the individual states. For the most part, they are uniform across the country (speed limit and stop signs
and such) but may vary slightly from state to state. There is no Federal agency that has the authority to pull over and enforce traffic regulations.
The feds usually (or at least are supposed to) focus on bigger things.
If this were to become a federal law, it would have to be enforced by federal law officers. This would put them in the position of enforcing these
laws, not just on interstate highways but, also on local streets as well. There would need to be federal police everywhere and it wouldn't take long
before they took over the jobs of local police departments which are accountable to the local government and, by extension, the local people.
There is no need for a federal law in this instance. My state of Pa recently passed a similar law and I'm sure such laws are winding their ways
through other state legislatures as well. Nobody is saying there shouldn't be laws against texting and driving. We are just saying that such laws
should be passed locally, by the states to be enforced by local law enforcement officers.
Federal laws mean federal law enforcers and that is the danger I see in this instance.
This isn't a case of the states being negligent in not having these laws; its simply a case of the laws needing to catch up with technology. There is
no need for the feds to pass laws which the states are already in the process of implimenting.
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