Yesterday, the ban on hand held cell phone usage in cars passed the House of Delegates. However, I did everything I could do to fight against this FURTHER intrusion into our private lives by the government. The speaker even joked I offered the most amendments he had ever seen by a Delegate to a bill.
We all agree that drivers should pay attention to the task of driving safely and not be distracted by cell phones or anything else. We all agree that we want drivers to safely traverse our highways without endangering the lives of those who share the roads with us. That being said- I share the concern of many citizens that government injects itself into every facet of our lives. We do not need government dictating how we perform every act, they need only worry that we do so safely for others. “Do not drive recklessly” should cover the government’s concern. We do not regulate whether a driver uses a stick shift while listening to the car radio or disk player and has one hand off the wheel and is distracted by sound. We don’t regulate other activities that people do while driving such as reading books, papers, maps, or eating or drinking etc.
The nanny state supervision of our most minute activities must be stopped. As I have often said on the floor during debate, “Freedom is seldom lost in one fell swoop, it is lost one amendment or one bill at a time.”
The Nanny State is alive and well.
You can hear the whole debate by going to the link below and select “Friday, April 9, 2010 Session #1″ from the drop down menu located under “Listen to Todays House Proceedings” (on the right side of the page). The debate starts at 2:41:09 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN