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City Bans Puffing, Petting and Eating Behind the Wheel

Do we really need a law telling motorists they can't pet their dogs while driving? Nanny state bureaucrats in Troy, Mich., think so ...

Do we really need a law telling motorists they can't pet their dogs while driving? Nanny state bureaucrats in Troy, Mich., think so ...

One city’s efforts to ensure motorists stay focused on the road ahead seems like a bit of overkill, but we’ll let you be the judge:

Bagel-chomping motorists prone to texting while driving beware: Police in a Detroit suburb have officially begun looking for you.

Troy police began enforcing the city’s new driving while distracted ordinance, which went into effect Saturday.

The ordinance passed last year in the city about 15 miles north of Detroit aims to crack down on distracted drivers whose bad behind-the-wheel behavior includes using a cell phone, eating, grooming and interacting with pets. Motorists face fines from $75 to $200.

The newly enacted law targets motorists for fines if they “temporarily remove both hands from the full grip of the wheel.” While lighting and smoking cigarettes is not specifically cited in the law as a violation, “[v]irtually any activity could be included at the discretion of an officer,” writes the Detroit Examiner’s Richard Weaver.

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Over-Idling Motorists Targeted by City

Stop-and-go traffic could get a lot more annoying in Salt Lake City when the '2-minute rule' goes into effect.

Stop-and-go traffic could get a lot more annoying in Salt Lake City when the '2-minute rule' goes into effect.

Idle more than two minutes in Salt Lake City, Utah, and you could face a fine up to $410. City officials are pondering a law that will target parents waiting to pick-up their kids from school and other motorists standing idle in so-called “hot zones” where vehicle emissions are blamed for diminishing air quality.

An anti-idling ordinance is currently under review by city council members and could go in to effect as early as this winter, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Mayor Ralph Becker’s crackdown on over-idling would exclude idling police cars, hybrid vehicles, refrigerated trucks and vehicles that require engines remain idling for “safety or health” purposes. Vehicles idling in citizens’ driveways are also exempt, for now, but that’s likely to change when the ordinance is enacted.

Councilman Soren Simonsen boasted that he and his fellow big government bureaucrats aren’t concerned about telling citizens what they can and can not do on their private property, so targeting cars idling on private driveways doesn’t seem to be unreasonable, he says.

“We certainly regulate a lot of things on private property,” Simonsen said. “I don’t think it’s a legal question; it’s just how much of a chunk do we want to bite off.”

Agree or disagree with the proposed ordinance to monitor and crackdown on citizens’ idling time, including when it occurs on their private property such as driveways and garages?

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3-D ‘Speed Bump’ Resembles Child to Spook Motorists into Slowing Down

When the nanny state doesn't trust motorists to follow speed limits, they resort to cheap tricks like this.

When the nanny state doesn't trust motorists to follow speed limits, they resort to cheap tricks like this.

If you’re the type of driver who doesn’t mind hitting the occasional speed bump at full-speed, well, the nanny state has devised a new speed bump that will likely scare you in to slamming on the brakes and skidding to a standstill, sort of like what happens at intersections where red light cameras are present.

Crafty Canadian bureaucrats on Tuesday unveiled a speed bump that has no bump; it’s just an 2-D image decal of a little girl chasing a ball that is glued on the street. The illusion of the “Pavement Patty” appears to rise up as motorists gets closer to it, coming to ‘life’ in full 3-D realism within 100 feet, Discover magazine reports. “Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the street’s recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Patty — acknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her.”

It’s not enough that red light cameras have motorists slamming on the brakes at a millisecond’s notice to avoid getting ticketed; now, they have to decipher whether or not there is a real child playing on a busy road before they run over Pavement Patty. It’s only a matter of time before Joe Motorist stops on a dime out of fear of killing a child and finds himself the victim of being rear-ended or much worse.

And, it won’t be long before state and local officials in the U.S. emulate this cheap trick on the roads you travel. Get a good look at “Pavement Patty” before she magically appear before your eyes during rush hour.

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Houston Citizens’ Red-Light Camera Revolution Could Spread Nationally

Fed-up with red-light 'scameras'? Start a revolution in your municipality!

Fed-up with red-light 'scameras'? Start a revolution in your municipality!

Fed-up with big government bureaucrats using taxpayer dollars to install red-light cameras that will take more of their hard-earned money, citizens in Houston, Texas have launched an effort to let voters decide whether the cash-cow cameras stay or go away.

“A petition to ban red light cameras in Houston has been certified by the city secretary,” the Houston Chronicle reports, “making it all but certain that voters will decide in November whether the 70 devices at intersections across the city will be taken down.”

Three Houstonian brothers spearheaded the anti-traffic camera petition campaign in an effort to let citizens — not greedy bureaucrats — determine whether the majority favors or opposes the devices. The Kubosh’s successfully collected 20,000 signatures as required and voters will decide the fate of red-light cameras in November.

“This is a great day for Houston,” said Michael Kubosh. “People just need a right to vote, that’s all we’re saying. Now the citizens will have a chance to decide.”

Standing in opposition to the Kubosh brothers’ efforts on behalf of 20,000 concerned citizens is an interest group that advocates Big Brother traffic cameras. Jim McGrath, a spokesman for Keep Houston Safe, claims the petition is “illegal and represents an abuse of the city charter amendment process.”

McGrath also claims that one of the Kubosh brothers, Paul, is an attorney who represents traffic ticket violaters/victims and has a “business interest” in the outcome of the proposed measure, should it be approved for inclusion on the ballot in November by the city council.

“Mr. Kubosh has repeatedly stated that he went to his own clients to sign his petition, so no one should be surprised that a traffic ticket attorney and the clients he has defended are against holding red light runners accountable,” McGrath said. “We’ll see what the council has to say and we’ll abide by their decision.”

First, McGrath should realize that it’s not only motorists who’ve already been nailed by red-light cameras that are fed-up with bureaucrats using them as cash cows to fix their broken budgets. Concerned citizens across the nation are opposed to the cameras that often have their yellow-to-red light timing set so quickly for sole purpose of cashing-in on more violators than a reasonably timed and unmonitored intersection traffic light would typically allow. (Most red-light camera foes reading this blog post know the dangers posed by red-light cameras, so we won’t delve in to details. Please comment below if you’d like to elaborate or share your experiences.)

Second, we applaud McGrath’s efforts to allow city officials to make their decision and step aside if the outcome does not favor his organization’s pro-traffic camera agenda.

However, we do wonder whether he and his cronies will take the city to court should citizens approve the ballot measure in November, just like the homosexual advocacy groups did in California when voters rejected the legality of gay marriage and insisted a court overturn the will of the people.

This effort in Houston to let the voters decide the fate of traffic cameras, whether they’re being proposed by bureaucrats or have already been installed, should encourage concerned citizens to follow suit in their own municipalities. Let’s call it the “Green Light Party!” Who’s on-board?

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Motorists Starting to Turn the Tables on Traffic Camera Cash Cows
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Gadget Promises to Save Drivers from Red Light Cameras
Traffic Camera Victim ‘Pays Back’ Police Dept.

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Obese Motorists Blamed for Wasting Gas and Causing Accidents

Traffic cops will soon be measuring motorists' BMI and cholesterol levels if the nanny state gets its way.

Traffic cops will soon be measuring motorists' BMI and cholesterol levels if the nanny state gets its way.

‘Driving While Fat’ (DWF) increases the risk of automobile accidents and is taking a heavy toll on our nation’s oil stockpiles as well, according to government reports. It’s just another reason for nanny state bureaucrats to force plump Americans to slim down in the name of defeating the so-called obesity ‘epidemic.’

“Obesity has caused more people to buy larger vehicles, which increases gasoline consumption in the U.S. and fuel consumption increases with more weight in cars either from people or cargo,” warns ConsumerReports.org. “One other result of the obesity problem is the increase risk of crashes as noted in a recent study and that is also due to the fact that obese drivers are less likely to buckle up because seat belts may not fit properly.”

Read the rest of the article and be sure to shed those excess pounds so when the fat police pull you over, you don’t get nailed with a ticket for DWF.

Be among the first to add a comment to the article. At the time of this post, there were none, so let’s bombard ConsumerReports and its readership with the voice of reason!

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State Outlaws Traffic Ticket Quotas

The days of traffic cops needing to meet quotas for ticketing motorists are over in Tennessee, thanks to legislation that effectively banned the shady practice on July 1.

Signed in to law on June 2nd by Governor Phil Bredesen (R) and originally sponsored by State Senator Tim Burchett (R-Knoxville), the legislation declares that state and local law enforcement agencies “may not establish or maintain, formally or informally, a plan to evaluate, promote, compensate, or discipline a law enforcement officer solely by the issuance of a predetermined or specified number of any type or combination of types of traffic citations.”

The anti-quota law also “prohibits a political subdivision or any agency of this state from requiring or suggesting to a law enforcement officer that the officer is required or expected to issue a predetermined or specified number of traffic citations within a specified period.”

"Don't write my performance review until I get back to the office. I'm feeling lucky today."

"Don't write my performance review until I get back to the office. I'm feeling lucky today."

In July 2009, Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Sergeant Clifford M. Babits posted a notice on the wall of the Troop C station in Robertson County informing highway patrol officers, “I require three things. 1. Answer the radio, 2. Work your crashes, and 3. WRITE TICKETS.”

According to Babits’ notice, highway patrol officers’ favorable performance review ratings were contingent upon issuing high numbers of traffic violations. “I must be able to justify giving a trooper a five. Low activity is a killer,” he wrote.

Despite Babits’ unethical behavior, it appears he and other big government bureaucrats are safe from any future threat of getting fired should they ‘suggest’ traffic cops issue a ‘few extra’ tickets in any given month. “Lawmakers removed sections of the legislation that would have subjected elected officials and top administrators to removal from office for setting quotas,” reported MidSouthernNewz.com.

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State Seeks to Mandate Eco-Friendly Tire Pressure Levels

Guess which one is over-inflated?

Guess which one is over-inflated?

State legislators in Nevada are heralding a new law inspired by President Obama while he was on the campaign trail in 2008 that would require auto shops to adjust the tire pressures of customers’ vehicles to ensure they limit harm inflicted on the environment and fellow motorists.

While Nevada State Sen. Mike Schneider (D-Las Vegas), claims the nanny state initiative “will increase highway safety, save gas and reduce air pollution,” the Reno Gazette-Journal reported, “Republican Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert of Reno said while checking air pressure in tires is a good idea, she opposed mandating tire checks, saying it comes down to personal responsibility.”

Perhaps these big government bureaucrats pushing their Obama-inspired tire pressure bill should have someone monitor and limit the hot air they emit that’s a growing threat to citizens’ freedom.

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