Missouri Legislature Proposes Cell Phone Ban

Posted: December 6, 2008 in Elections, Missouri Legislature / Politics
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From the Kansas City Star online addition:

http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/924553.html

Cell phone ban proposed

JEFFERSON CITY | Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle prefiled bills this week to banish cell phones from Missouri roadways.

Reps. Joe Smith, a St. Charles Republican, and Talibdin El-Amin, a St. Louis Democrat, have nearly identical bills that would ban drivers from using cell phones unless the phones have hands-free devices, such as a Bluetooth receiver.

The bans would not apply to drivers using their phones in emergency situations or emergency officials using phones as part of their duties.

Violators would face fines of $25 on their first offense and $50 on their second.”

Well , Well Well, I should’ve known that this man would have been involved in such a proposal…

Talibdin El-Amin’s other legislative proposals have included a forced slavery apology on Missouri citizens, as well as a proposed ban on baking soda.

The economy is in the dumps and this is the best that Missouri’s legislators have to offer? A cell phone ban on Missouri’s highways?

Speaking of Missouri highways…

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Yesterday’s Southeast Missourian newspaper carried a story by Peg McNichol entitled:

“A dangerous drive: After 15 years, Highway 34 still awaiting improvements”

“PDF: 1997 through 2001 crash statistics for Highway 34 (1 megabytes)

For Missouri state trooper Aaron Harrison, making Highway 34 safer can’t happen quickly enough.

He was among those who responded to the call after a 16-year-old Glenallen, Mo., boy died when his car slid off a curve last month.

“I have seen a lot of it. It doesn’t get any better,” Harrison said Wednesday.

Small floral crosses and beribboned bouquets dot the edges of Highway 34, each a memorial to someone who died along the roadway. A new one marks the road near where Cole Benfield died Nov. 19. “

As I stated in the comments section of the online article, it’s not going to get any better either. Outgoing State Representative Rod Jetton who represents Missouri’s 156th district, was elected by bringing attention to the poor conditions of Missouri’s highways, yet did virtually nothing to improve them.

Through a vicious negative attack campaign, his protege’ Shelley Keeney was elected over Democrat Michael Winder, who lost a sister on Hwy 34, and would have been more motivated to fight for the improvement of the roads in our district.

Rod Jetton of course, became a political ally of Talibdin El-Amin, by Co-sponsoring his slavery apology bill in 2006.

Clint, Missouri Bushwhacker

mobushwhacker@yahoo.com

 

 


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