They're all about Darwin and the survival of the fittest when it comes to undermining peoples religious beliefs. But they get a little squeamish when it comes down to actually culling the herd.
Texting while walking? Nevada assemblyman moves to ban it
LAS VEGAS -- Harvey Munford has heard a lot of talk about the dangers of texting while driving. Now the Nevada assemblyman wants to focus on what he considers an equally perilous scourge: texting while walking, especially across a busy street.I remember from a very early age having it drilled into me that when I go to cross a street to stop and look both ways to make sure the way is clear before crossing.
Munford (D-Las Vegas) on Thursday introduced Assembly Bill 123, saying the new law could be applied not to just urban streets but to all state roads, even in residential neighborhoods.
The penalty for offenders: a pricey ticket, including $250 for a third offense. First-timers would get a warning.
Nevada is following the town of Fort Lee, N.J., which last year issued a ban against texting while crossing the street.
Munford told the Los Angeles Times that he began watching for the practice while behind the wheel last year after a complaint by a constituent.
“I was just amazed by what I saw,” he said. “So many people are almost oblivious. They are texting and texting, totally unaware as they cross even six-lane highways.”
He said young people are the biggest offenders.
“When kids get out of school, where they’ve been banned from using their phones all day, they go immediately to their texts,” he told The Times. “I’ve seen several close calls myself where people have almost been hit. Kids are so addicted to those things. It’s almost become a plague.”~snip~
But a liberal democrat will see people walking across the street looking at their cell phone and the first thing that enters his mind is that there ought a be a law.
How has it come to point in this country that common sense needs to be legislated? How many activities need to be regulated and a fine levied for simply being stupid?
I mean even John Kerry says we got a right to be stupid in this country.
How about we just go back to teaching children to stop and look before crossing the street again like we used to do in the olden days, so we can avoid that slippery slope of banning sipping on sodas or eating while walking.
Or here's a thought, if teenagers can't cross and text responsibly how about parents just take their cell phones away?