Conservative Index Add
pagetitle

Saturday, September 20th, 2014Last Update: Saturday, August 2nd, 2014 10:33:44 AM

Bookmark and Share | Posted: Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 | Comments (0)

Oklahoma Traffic Laws

By: Steve Byas

You are driving home, late at night. Even worse, your wife, mother, or child is driving home late at night. In the rear view mirror, you or a loved one sees a flashing light. The car has no markings to indicate that it is a police, highway patrol, or sheriff’s car, but thinking it must be an unmarked police car, you or your loved one pull over.

In a few moments, it becomes apparent that the person who “pulled you over,” is not a law enforcement official, but rather a criminal who has stopped you or your loved one, not to write a ticket for some minor traffic infraction, but intends to rob, rape, or kill you.

This scenario plays itself out all too often across the United States. It has happened in Oklahoma. Yet, our lawmakers at Twenty-third and Lincoln seem coldly indifferent to the dangerous situation created by the Unmarked Police Car. Or, perhaps they are ignorant. Whatever the reason, you or a loved one could wind up robbed, raped, or murdered, all to keep the money rolling into the coffers of law enforcement and city governments.

A few years ago, I brought this up with a Republican state Senator, and the senator’s response was that the only calls she had gotten on the issue were from supporters of unmarked police cars. When I asked what the callers did for a living, she replied that they were in law enforcement. It seems that police officers can make a little extra dough working overtime in these unmarked cars.

Unmarked cars have their place in the toolbox of undercover cops investigating crimes like murder, robbery, and rape. They have no place in the enforcement of routine traffic laws, jaywalking, and litter bugging.

The driving force behind the use of unmarked police cars in traffic law enforcement is not public safety – it is revenue enhancement, pure and simple. Why don’t lawmakers at the Capitol put a stop to this? Legislators are afraid of the law enforcement lobby – they don’t want to be branded as “anti-law enforcement.”

Just for the record, I have never been pulled over by a cop in an unmarked car. And, I’m not against cops. Police officers have tough jobs, and I appreciate their being on the front lines against criminals. I just think they need to go after criminals, not drive around in unmarked police cars, getting overtime and increasing revenue for the city government.

Seat belt laws are another achievement of the Nanny Staters. They are another revenue enhancer for local law enforcement, and another excuse to stop a citizen driving down the road minding his own business. Several years ago, I was in a discussion with someone on the topic of seat belt laws. I said that I always wear my seat belt, but it is not the role of government to tell us to wear one. Government is there to protect us from others hurting us, not to protect us from hurting ourselves.

The person countered that not wearing a seat belt and getting hurt in a car wreck “adds to the cost of the health care system.” (And that is how socialized medicine will lead to control over every aspect of our lives, but that is another column). This person liked to go out drinking, and I can guarantee you that alcohol has added to the cost of the health care system far beyond not wearing seat belts has ever done.

Now, we have those who want to ban talking a cell phone while driving. Another law, and another excuse for a law enforcement officer to pull somebody over. The argument is that someone talking on a cell phone is “distracted,” and not paying full attention to driving. This is absurd. A person talking on a cell phone is no more distracted than a driver talking to other passengers in the car. If a person is driving down the road “texting,” then they are probably distracted, but someone driving down the road with a phone in his ear is no more distracted than someone listening to the radio.

We already have laws on the books in which a person can be ticketed for not paying attention to their driving. If someone is truly distracted to the point that they are a danger to others on the road, stop them. Give them a warning, or even a ticket, but let’s don’t add another law to the books which makes a liberal feel better.

Reader Comments:

 

There are no reader comments about this story

Ad Your Comment:


Name:

Email:

What is the numeric answer to the question, what is two plus two?:

About Steve Byas

Steve Byas is editor of the Oklahoma Constitution newspaper. He may be contacted at: byassteve@yahoo.com

Other Articles By Steve Byas

Earmarks, The Real Problem

With the recent campaign waged by Sen. John McCain for president (I know that is a stretch to say...

The Fat Police

“It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones.” This piece of advice came...

The Right to Petition the Government

Warren Burger, one-time Chief Justice of the United States, once asserted that, “There are many...

Just One Vote

There was a popular love song that went something like, “Just one look, that’s all it took, Just...

Intelligent Design Invades the Temple of Atheistic Evolution

In a move akin to prominent atheist Richard Dawkins taking the pulpit at one of Oklahoma’s...

Henry Bellmon

He was known as the Father of the Republican Party in Oklahoma. In 1962, Henry Louis Bellmon’...

Oklahoma Traffic Laws

You are driving home, late at night. Even worse, your wife, mother, or child is driving home late at...

Exclusive Interview: Mary Fallin Governor Campaign

Congresswoman Mary Fallin told editor Steve Byas, in an exclusive interview with the Oklahoma...

Sarah Comes to Town

A review of Sarah Palin’s Visit to Norman and her book, Going Rogue I arrived early (about six ...

Remembering E. Z. Million

One of the unfortunate circumstances about having a quarterly publication is that if something...

Keep the Governor in the Parole Process

Like Jason in all those horror movies, this is an idea that just won’t die – the liberals keep...

Why Praise Woody Guthrie?

I have come to a conclusion: the reason many people like Woody Guthrie so much is because he was a...

The Real Immigration Problem

Oklahoma, with the intrepid State Representative Randy Terrill (R-Moore) leading the charge, has...

Seat Belts and Socialized Medicine

Over twenty years ago I wrote an article in which I forecast that the drive for seat belt laws and...

I Favor a Hybrid

We need a hybrid. No, not something like a Toyota Prius, but a hybrid caucus-primary system to...

Oklahoma City Public Schools Teaches “Old, Dead White Men”

Oklahoma City Public Schools has delayed implementation of an anti-white racist program, using hip...

The Passing of Bill Stemmons

by Steve Byas One of the reasons that I have been to about 30 Republican State Conventions is get...

Look for the Party Label

“No labels” is the latest attempt by the non-conservative crowd to obscure their goal of...

Restore Washington’s Birthday

While it is common to refer to the third Monday in February as “Presidents Day,” no such holiday...

Twin Boxes of Liberty

I am a firm believer in the concept of limited government, and in the practice of settling our...

BOOK REVIEW: The Stoning of Sally Kern

The first time I heard of Sally Kern was when she was elected to replace Bill Graves in the Oklahoma...

Three Cheers for Scott Pruitt

Three Cheers for Scott Pruitt ...

Ticket Scalping – Another Word for Free Enterprise

Oklahoma City should be ashamed. ...

Let the 10th Amendment Run Amok

In one of the recent presidential debates, former Senator Rick Santorum strongly opposed the...

The Practical Side of Federalism

The Constitution of the United States created a federal system of government. To this obvious fact,...

Government and Society

Government and Society are often confused, but while government has a very important role to play in...

Jim Inhofe: The Voice Crying in the Wilderness

Oklahoma Bookshelf The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future, by...

Our Wimpy Legislature

Separation of powers is a fundamental pillar upon which our republican form of government rests. The...

Republican National Committee Race

Steve Fair of Duncan narrowly defeated Richard Engle of Mustang for Oklahoma’s slot on the...

Author Tom Woods at Ron Paul Rally

Popular author Tom Woods gave a rousing speech to a rally for the presidential candidacy of Texas...

Fighting for Federalism

The assault upon our federal form of government, clearly established in the Constitution of the...

Political Capitalism Is Another Form of Theft

To paraphrase Adam Smith, the patron saint of the free market, the only moral way to gain wealth is...

Who is Clyde Rollins?

We entered the House gallery on a summer’s day in 1979. Below us were members of the Oklahoma...

Religious Liberty Is an Individual Right

When the U.S. Constitution was adopted, “in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and...

Immigration Reform: 14th Amendment and Citizenship

Unless Congress acts to eliminate the present government policy that allows citizenship for the...

Gerhart and Liberty

William L. Shirer wrote in his monumental Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: “Not many Germans lost...

Price Controls Are a Lie

Price controls are a lie, whether it is controlling the price below the market price, or above the...

Thoughts on the Conservative Index

In the Bible, the Apostle Paul wrote, “I would not have ye ignorant, brethren.” The old joke is...

Mickey Edwards: Turning Republicans and Democrats into Americans

Former Congressman Mickey Edwards spoke at the OU Student Union late last fall at a president’s...

Using Satire to Libel

Not long after the attacks of September 11th, 2001, I began to get one of those mass e-mails that...

Convention of the States Debate

In a spirited debate that slid into some personal exchanges, the Norman Tea Party hosted a debate on...

National Popular Vote would Subvert the Constitution

Twenty-eight members of the Oklahoma Senate voted in February to alter our federal republican form...

Hobby Lobby and Religious Liberty

One would think lovers of liberty would have hailed the U.S. Supreme Court decision which sided with...

Other Constitution Columnists

Richard Engle

The Case Against Caucuses
Here we go again. Repeatedly the Oklahoma Republican Party has considered reversion to the caucus...

Brandon Dutcher

Oklahoma GOP Voters Want Educational Choices
A Braun Research survey released in January showed that Oklahomans – Republicans, Democrats, and...

Andrew K. Boyle

WARNING: This Policy Contains Chemicals known by the State of California to Cause Cancer.
It is not often that a columnist can find solace in political happenings – job security, but not...

Rep. Jason Murphey

The Rise of Regional Government
I have recently written about bills from the last legislative session which mostly escape wide...

David Deming

Climate Hysteria Unwarranted
The Obama administration is doubling-down on the promotion of climate hysteria. They just released...

Theodore King

The Federal Page (Summer 2014)
A Few Thoughts about the June 24th Primaries Hobby Lobby's Victory and the Aftermath The Ris...

Steve Byas

Hobby Lobby and Religious Liberty
One would think lovers of liberty would have hailed the U.S. Supreme Court decision which sided with...

Kaye Beach

Tread Carefully with TIFs
Cities are working overtime across the state of Oklahoma to spur economic growth and reduce blight....

Linda Murphy

Part I – How We Stopped Common Core in Oklahoma
In January 2011, Republican Mary Fallin became the first woman governor in Oklahoma. It was also...

In The News

Constitution Staff

Court Strikes Down Oklahoma Marriage Law
On July 18, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver declared Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex...

Constitution Staff

Initiative Petitions Being Circulated
Signatures are being collected on three initiative petitions seeking to place measures on the...

Constitution Staff

RIED Report Names Legislators Supporting Big Business
In June, the Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED) released their legislative scorecard...

Constitution Staff

OCPAC Names Outstanding Lawmakers and RINOs
On July 9, the members of the Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC) selected...

Constitution Staff

Legislators Rated
This issue of the Oklahoma Constitution presents the 36th annual Oklahoma Conservative Index, rating...

Constitution Columnists

Richard Engle

The Case Against Caucuses
Here we go again. Repeatedly the Oklahoma Republican Party has considered reversion to the caucus...

Brandon Dutcher

Oklahoma GOP Voters Want Educational Choices
A Braun Research survey released in January showed that Oklahomans – Republicans, Democrats, and...

Andrew K. Boyle

WARNING: This Policy Contains Chemicals known by the State of California to Cause Cancer.
It is not often that a columnist can find solace in political happenings – job security, but not...

© 2001 - 2009 The Oklahoma Constitution, all rights reserved.
Contact the Oklahoma Constitution by calling 405-366-1125 or emailing okconsti@aol.com
Content Management System (CMS) provided by WebTeks2010.com - Guthrie, Oklahoma.