Ban Sign Waving? – Why Not Just Ban Driving?
Posted by Ed C on Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Okay, this is an issue that is not going to threaten the existence of our Republic, but the underlying Nanny-ism behind it irks me. Are certain elected representatives idiots and project that on the rest of us or do they just feel that the public is too stupid to live without their guidance?
A bill being considered by the General Assembly and sponsored by the AA-County Senate Delegation would include a ban on political sign waving in a bill to prohibit roadside solicitation. The bill is supported by the three AA-County Democratic Senators and was opposed by the two Republicans.
Democrat Sen. Ed DeGrange: “What are those people on the side of the road trying to do? They’re trying to get a motorist to look at [them] instead of concentrating on what [the drivers are] doing,”
County spokeswoman Rhonda Wardlaw called the ban on campaign wavers “a small price to pay in order to get a public safety bill passed.”
All in the name of safety? Safety at any price? Are they next going to propose removing all traffic signs like speed limit and road direction signs? I mean those are specifically designed for drivers to look at them too. How about banning traffic stops by police officers during rush hour? Having a police car with flashing lights on the road side causes some people to slam on the breaks while others are busy looking at the unfolding “excitement” – surely this is an unsafe situation too.
Yes, driving is dangerous and a very complex activity. However, it is the responsibility of the driver to operate their own vehicle in a safe manner. It is impossible to try to legislate each and every possible “distraction” that could impact a driver, but that does not seem to stop some people from trying.
I’m not advocating that our candidates can hide in the bushes and then jump out to startle passing motorists, but picking a safe location to stand and sign wave should not be a hindrance to any safe, competent driver. If a someone is creating an unsafe situation, I’m sure that a passing law enforcement officer could direct them to someplace more appropriate or take other action to correct the problem.
Maybe this is just another “protect the incumbent” maneuver by some that don’t like to sign wave and see this as a chance to ban it under the guise of public safety.