In a state containing perfectly legal brothels and where gambling addicts are spending their last dime, they’re thinking about making it illegal to text or read texts on cellular phones while crossing streets, including in low-traffic, residential neighborhoods.
Here we have a classic example of a lawmaker – paid by taxpayers’ dollars – having nothing better to do than come up with new ways to restrict the freedoms of Americans. Nevada Assemblyman Harvey Munford has crafted Assembly Bill 123 to make it illegal for pedestrians to send or read texts pedestrians while crossing a road. He has said he is even interested in introducing a media campaign portraying texting while walking as childish and dangerous.
The bill is in response to a study finding that – and I hope you’re sitting down for this very disturbing information – one in four pedestrians does not follow all intersection crossing rules. Oh, my gosh! I hope none of those outlaw pedestrians walked outside of the white lines or, worse yet, carried a scissors while crossing the street! Can you imagine the horrible consequences that would ensue if a texting teenager were to slow down a driver on his way to a brothel?
Munford’s previous bill, by the way, proposed a five-cent fee on fast food items with 500 or more calories. I’m sure he’s very popular among teens. There’s a pretty straightforward article here that refers to the “nanny state” mentality that many in government are trying to impose on us.
Regardless of whether you have ever used your cellular phone to send or read text messages, how do you feel about laws dictating when and where a person can do it? Do you think a law like that could result in saving a life, or is it more likely to bog down police officers who presumably have more important things to do? Please let me know what you think.