Big crime wave: Texting while walking
posted at 7:45 pm on July 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
Even Shepherd Smith couldn’t contain himself during this segment. The latest in nanny-state pioneering comes from Illinois — no surprise — as Democratic state legislator Ken Dunkin has introduced a bill that would make texting while crossing the street a misdemeanor. Why? Dunkin explains that government exists to protect citizens from … themselves:
I can understand laws against texting or using hand-held cell phones while driving … but walking? Should that not follow logically to banning reading, eating, talking with your friends, or gazing up at the sky while walking as well?
Dunkin at least gets points for honesty. He rattles off the list of nanny-state laws that we’ve already accepted, so what’s one more? If anyone wanted a clip to demonstrate the slippery slope of autocracy and authoritarianism, here it is.