One of the more annoying that they will be debating has to do with a ban on teenagers driving and talking at the same time (which I find a scary thought in itself) on cellphones. As reported in the Washington Post this morning:
Why are they focusing only on teenagers? I'm just as dangerous when I'm driving and talking on my cellphone. Paula would say I'm dangerous even without the phone but what does she know? She favors laws banning the slaughter and exportation of kittens. So how much can her opinions matter?
Va. Bill Would Bar Cell Phone Use by Teen Drivers
By Rosalind S. Helderman and Maria Glod Washington Post Staff Writers
RICHMOND, Jan. 20 -- The Virginia Senate's Transportation Committee approved a bill Thursday that would bar young drivers from using cell phones.
The proposal, backed by several Northern Virginia senators concerned about a rash of deadly accidents, would require teenagers, some of the most voracious users of cell phones, to pull over before making calls -- even if they plan to use a hands-free device.
Sen. James K. "Jay" O'Brien Jr. (R-Fairfax), who is sponsoring the measure along with Sen. William C. Mims (R-Loudoun), said many of the recent accidents on Virginia roads involved activities already illegal, including speeding and drinking. But with renewed attention on the dangers driving poses for teenagers, the two decided to reexamine laws for potential improvements. (link)
Seriously, this O'Brien character and the honorable Senator Mr. Mims are Republicans. Republicans! Republicans don't create nuisance laws like this. It's the Democrats who want to legislate us out of existence. If Mr. O'Brien believes the causes of the many traffic accidents that are occurring in northern Virginia are already covered by other laws - and the accidents are occurring anyway - what does he truly expect to accomplish with another law? "Well, gee, I knew there was a law against manslaughter, dude, a crime punishable by life in prison, but this cellphone-use-while-driving ban - with an accompanying fine of $250 - is a whole different thing. I'm definitely going to be more careful, man."
I'll bet these two "Republicans" were amongst those who abandoned their party's principles and voted to raise my taxes too. If there is need of a law, it should be directed toward that incongruity.