Monday, July 25, 2005

Smokers Alert! (unbelievable)

If you live in New Jersey and smoke you might want to give some thought to moving. I just read a July 25, 2005 Associated Press article (,0,5142219.story?coll=sns-ap-nationworld-headlines) By Jeff Linkous that says New Jersey law makers have introduced a measure that would make it illegal for you to smoke in your car. If this is passed you could be fined $250.00 for having a cigarette on your way to work. Think about this. Here in little old Saint Joseph, Missouri we have cameras at just about every intersection you come to now so it would be a safe bet to say that they have them all over New Jersey too. That means that an officer wouldn't have to see you, they got pictures of you breaking the law. They will be able to check the tape and send you a summons in the mail. This should be a real money maker during tourist season, no one from out of state will believe that New Jersey law makers had enough free time on their hands to think of something like this. OK, maybe smoking isn't good for you, junk food isn't good for you either. If they get this passed maybe they can look into a measure that would make it illegal for anyone that was two pounds over weight to have a bag of potato chips. I don't think we need laws like this to protect us from ourselves. I'm not so sure that they are really concerned about our health and safety anyway. It's all about money, and how to separate ours from us.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic


Blogger John said...

Out the window with freedom and all that garbage huh?

11:17 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Personally, given that smoking and cell phone use have both been attributed to increased car crash rates (so say the mighty insurance companies), I do not mind this sort of law at all. I don't like the idea of getting killed because someone else had a drug addiction. Not a pretty picture.

1:02 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

I guess that I'm just botheredby the idea of more and more laws to protect us from ourselves, and I'm not convinced that the law makers are as concerned about health and safety as they are about money.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Katherine Thayer said...

Only $250. make it $2,000

3:31 AM  

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