STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
3 New Ridiculous State and Local Laws
By The Daily Bell Staff - August 09, 2017

The smaller the government, the easier it is to effect their laws. This doesn’t mean they necessarily make better laws… but at least it affects fewer people. Worst case scenario, you find yourself deciding whether to move out of the state, instead of out of the country.

Driving While Munching Might Be Illegal… But Maybe Not

Do you consider cheeseburgers distracting? In Washington State, it is perfectly legal to eat a cheeseburger while driving. Unless it distracts you.

The all-knowing police will decide if the cheeseburger, or coffee, or fixing your hair is distracting you. If they determine you were distracted, they can issue a citation.

This confusing new Washington law makes distracted driving illegal, without bothering to define the specifics of what constitutes distracted driving.

This type of discretion means police can choose their victims arbitrarily.

That is the real effect of having so many laws that you can’t get through a day without breaking a dozen. You can be arrested if a cop doesn’t like your face because he can always find something to pin on you.

This relates back to the war on driving that we talked about last week. Just driving across town is becoming a mine field. A cop can issue a citation and steal hundreds of your dollars basically at their discretion.

And it will cost you more to take a day off from work fighting it in court, than to just accept the theft, and pay the ticket.

Massachusetts Legalizes Weed… Again

Massachusetts legislators have passed, and the governor signed, a bill to legalize recreational marijuana.

But wait, didn’t voters already pass that measure last November?

Yep, but the legislature took it, and bumped taxes up to 20% from 12%.

The state will issue licenses to dispensaries just weeks before they are allowed to open next July. It’s not like businesses need time to plan. I’m sure it is no problem for business owners to spend millions setting up a store, without knowing if they will even have a license to operate.

This is the typical regulatory nightmare that governments force on businesses. They should just be treating pot like tomatoes.

And when the state promises to abide by a voter referendum, they should stick to their word!

But Massachusetts voters shouldn’t be surprised. They kept electing the same people who refused to abide by a 2000 voter referendum to lower the Massachusetts income tax to 5%.

Instead, the politicians lowered it from 5.95% to 5.85%. The next year they took it down to 5.6%.

17 years later, the tax has actually gradually been reduced to 5.1%. The difference is so small that it makes you wonder if the legislature is simply slapping voters in the face.

Consequences: Is a Fine Worse Than Getting Hit by a Car?

The threat of getting hit by a car is not enough to stop people from texting and crossing the street. But apparently, the threat of receiving a citation and fine is a better disincentive.

The city of Honolulu Hawaii has made it illegal to look at your smartphone while crossing the road.

People caught using a phone while in a crosswalk or jaywalking can now be fined.

Don’t worry, there is an exception for calling 911!

What a sad state humanity finds itself in. People need to be threatened legally to look up from their zombie-inducing or smart phones.

And government continue to work their way into regulating every facet of human behavior.

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  • ron R

    The biggest part of the problem is the ignorant self centered people themselves

  • Well, Donald has a driver and need not worry. His problem is https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3364/text

  • Shen

    I suppose if a police officer stopped you for weaving into lanes or failing to stop in a timely manner…then, saw you were eating a cheeseburger that had dripped on your clothing or spilled your coke, at that point he might determine your were distracted and fine you for it. I know I was putting a packet of hot sauce over my unwrapped burrito on the front seat beside me and a car ahead came to a quick stop and my burrito slid onto the floor. I leaned over quickly to try and stop it before applying the brake hard. Of course I rear-ended the car in front of me. That could have been called a distraction by a police officer; but, thank goodness there wasn’t one around. The other driver and I just exchanged information and of course my insurance company (through me) got to pay.

  • davidnrobyn

    We live in WA and I can testify that this is “WA (Nanny) State”–Patty Murray sees to that. Her webpage is full of the sort of things one would expect–like bragging to the voters how much pork she’s pulled in recently.

    I read the news article re eating and driving, and they made the point that you can get slapped with TWO citations when you’re found guilty of driving while eating. One, the violation–such as crossing the centerline–which triggers the second, distracted driving, if the cops find a cheeseburger on you. So WA drivers, if you find yourself being pulled over for a moving violation, ditch the contraband.

    BTW, my wife was cited for crossing the centerline a few years ago. She’d been running herself ragged and fell asleep out in E. Oregon on a nearly deserted (except for a cop) stretch of road. She woke up and got back in her lane before anything happened, thankfully, but the cop saw her. The citation? “Improper Passing”. I guess that’s all he could think of at the time.

    The fine was about $350, and the insurance premium hit was $24 a month, seemingly in perpetuity. That was 3 1/2 years ago, so the insurance hit has been about $700 so far. It’s nice to know we’ve contributed to such good causes.

    • eyesofgod

      This is the very kind of thing, David, that drives people out of this country. As suggested in the article, you don’t know if between going to bed and waking up in the morning, you committed two felonies and three misdemeanors. Sounds silly, yes, but your story confirms the insanity. So many Americans have similar stories. So, this is our “crazy ramdom” culture, these days. Truly, it is insane.

    • James Clander

      “She’d been running herself ragged and fell asleep out in E. Oregon on a nearly deserted (except for a cop) stretch of road. ”

      They should have thrown the book at her – NO sympathy whatsoever.
      The time to sleep is at home -NOT behind the wheel – – – EVER !

      • davidnrobyn

        Well, actually, they did, James. What would you suggest?

    • Sheila

      That’s one for the books – “improper passing” with no one on the road.

  • Erik Garcés

    I’m tired of hearing excuses for the destructive nature of modern policing. No they do not protect you. Anyone who is a cop is NOT a good person. Few bad apples? No, it’s the institution itself.

    Cops are a violent extortion arm of a corrupt government. It’s revenue collection first, the containment of minorities second, crime fighting last. Seven out of ten murders in the US remain unsolved yet in NYC over $500 million a year is stolen from the population in the form of parking tickets.

    Cops won’t ticket each other. Cops routinely violate the same vehicle and traffic codes they steal hundreds out of our wallets for. The police murder with impunity, as just 3% of the tiny handful actually charged are ever convicted.

    We have 5% of the world’s population but hold 25% of all the earth’s prisoners!

    If you won’t see it then you’re deliberately refusing to acknowledge the evidence. You’re thinking emotionally (based on a lifetime of conditioning) to view the police as the good guys they’re not. Wake up.

    No matter how well intentioned a person may have started out, once on the job it’s impossible not to see the corruption and violent behavior. Nearly all of those employed as police officers see it and do nothing. Those few who do are ruined professionally and personally by their ‘brothers’.

    Thus, there are no good cops. Only bad ones and silent ones who enable the bad ones. Because here’s the undeniable reality; you either answer to a moral code or you follow orders. You cannot do both. Cops are people, and people need that paycheck.

    It’s time for the public to peacefully resist this oppression with ostracism. If you’re a cop, or a cop supporter… Then you’re no friend of mine. I won’t associate with fools or people who think it’s OK to engage in such immoral behavior. It worked well during the American war in Vietnam when returning soldiers were ostracized. It ought to work even better with local cops who have to face their neighbors in the stores and schools with their kids.

    The conditioning of the populace from childhood via state monopoly schools and television is very thorough. Let the internet reformation defeat it.

    • Praetor

      I agree. But, people have to learn how to govern themselves. You have to admit there are some really bad people in this world. The system is immoral unethical, of course. The problem is people. I’ve come to the conclusion, the only reason we are all here is to learn how to govern ourselves, no government no police no monarchs no masters. The child molester the guy who mugs old people the people who inject other people with drug so they become customers. How would you deal with these people. There is a flaw. There is a defect in every human that has ever been burn, till we as individuals learn to control govern that flaw defect. nothing will change.!!!

      • Erik Garcés

        No doubt. However we must concede that though society will always have miscreants and thus the need for a constabulary, a monopoly force held by the state will always become a mechanism for enforcing the will of the political class on a populace.

        When we consider that the IQ level of a given society has a lot to do with the relative levels of both crime and freedom, a truly anarchist lifestyle just isn’t possible. Therefore we must concede a certain level of reality and accept that there is a genuine need for constabulary services.

        What we must stop tolerating is acceptance of the state’s ability to criminalize behaviors without victims. It is from this, that all the tyranny springs.English Common Law recognized this, it’s not any wonder that modern education doesn’t teach it.

        • Praetor

          Yep! We must find the root of the problem. I surmise the family is the only source of a cure for what ails us. Teaching begins at home.!!!

        • Don Duncan

          Why fight “the state’s ability” to do immoral things? Wouldn’t it be more efficient to strike at the root of the problem, to deny an elite rule, i.e., the state?

          When “services” are needed, the private sector will provide, abet without permission to do so using violence, threat thereof, or fraud, as the state does now. This simple concept is alien to most because the private sector (business) has been vilified by statists (authoritarians) as a dangerous necessary evil to be controlled, with the state (govt.) proposed as protector. But those advocates of statism cannot answer the question: Who will protect us from our protector? Once personal sovereignty is forfeited to rule by an elite, no one is safe, chaos, not order is the result. The evidence is all around us, all over the world.

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