Thursday, March 19, 2009

Every one is equal, but some are more equal than others...

That is essentially the message Billy Allen Fletcher is trying to send. He has authored a bill in the State Legislature that would exempt public employees from getting red light camera tickets, even if they run the light while not responding to an emergency with lights flashing.

I am certainly not a huge fan of RLC's. I think they are nothing more than a money grab and have nothing at all to do with safety. If it was about safety, lengthening yellow light times and adding an all-way red interval has been shown repeatedly to significantly lower accident rates. RLC studies here in Houston have not shown any such reduction. But having said that, who in hell thinks that cops or ambulance drivers or bus drivers are above the law? I thought that the whole point of the Rule of Law was that it applied equally to every one. Look, If a cop or an ambulance or a fire truck is on an emergency run, they need to have their lights on at least. There is no situation where a cop or an ambulance driver or a fireman without lights flashing should be violating traffic laws, especially when someone's life might be endangered by doing so. I can think of NO INSTANCE where a bus driver or a city worker should be allowed to break traffic laws.

Billy Allen Fletcher needs his head examined if you ask me.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see both sides of the argument (after reading through Matt's blog) and I'm not sure I'd convict Allen for this bill.

But since he was Dan's hand-picked successor to oust Corbin, I think it might have been better that Allen's first bill be something to demonstrate that the voters made a good choice (repeal business tax, lower appraisal cap)

March 21, 2009 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lost in Space?

March 24, 2009 8:16 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

George Orwell's "Animal Farm"

March 24, 2009 9:58 PM  

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