Friday, June 10, 2011
"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." Tacitus
A sign of the times. If the people show themselves unable to maintain law and order and responsibility within society, the government creates more laws. It's the old kindergarten adage "The bad apple spoils the bushel."
According to WKTV news, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed new legislation that will make the use of any portable electronic device -- such as a cell phone, laptop, tablet -- a primary offense. This means that if law enforcement sees you operating a device while driving, you can be pulled over and fined or arrested. Currently, operating a portable device while driving is a secondary offense. You can only be fined if you are "pulled over" for another reason, such as speeding.
The whole issue is a thorn in my side. Drunk driving, texting and watching movies while driving is INSANE. It's a reproach to our form of government and our nobility as human beings that we will not control our behavior. This makes it hard for the rest of the law-abiding citizens who chafe against the encroaching police state. Sheesh.