Opinion

March 20, 2014

Letter: Smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors

The Capitol Update by state Reps. Tom Dickson and Bruce Broadrick on the editorial page in this paper on Saturday, March 8, puts on public display the smoke and mirrors technique that politicians use to mislead the public about the laws they pass.

Reps. Dickson and Broadrick voted for a bill (House Bill 459) which allows law enforcement to ticket (or arrest) you for driving the speed limit. This is shocking to us who make a good faith effort to obey the speed laws. However, Reps. Dickson and Broadrick have the audacity to expect a pat on the back for their effort to make us criminals if we drive the speed limit. This type of representation shows arrogance by our legislators which infuriates many of us.

Reps. Dickson and Broadrick are not revealing what the bill actually does. In addition to you being stopped for driving too slow and driving too fast, if HB 459 becomes law you can also be guilty of a crime for driving the speed limit. Rather than claiming the bill will decrease motorists’ stress, maybe they should be concerned about the voters’ rage if the bill passes. Anger management classes, anyone?

Ed Painter

Dalton

Rep. Bruce Broadrick responds:

The bill was authored by the former head of the Georgia State Patrol. His intent is to prevent a driver in the left lane from impeding the flow of traffic by blocking the lane at a speed below the normal flow. An additional intent is to prevent possible road rage issues that have resulted in accidents in the past. No fine for traveling the speed limit. The offense is for impeding traffic flow. HB 459 passed the House of Representatives 162 to 5 and the Senate 42 to 5.

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