While everyone can agree that the health of the young is important, a recent law that takes effect in Arkansas sends shivers up my spine. The so-called Nanny Law which takes effect statewide today makes it illegal to smoke on a car with children under the age of 14. This law replaces one that banned smoking if the children were under the age of 6. Anyone caught breaking the law will be hit with a hundred dollar fine.
While I’m sure this action is well intentioned, it takes another step in the wrong direction. Moms and dads are the ones who need to ‘police’ their children not some public servant who needs to be out there catching bad guys. This is and will be another ‘unintended consequences’ issue I’m sure. What will be next for the progressive socialists that are really working behind the scenes? How about limiting travel on ‘high pollution’ days in order to protect the publics health! Stay home or face a fine! Or here’s another law to consider. How about a general state ban on obesity. That’s a problem affecting over 63% of the citizens of your state and it’s one that is draining much needed medical funds while placing the young directly in harms way. (All those fat little boys and girls waddling around are ticking time bombs whose eventual toll on the states health meter is guaranteed to far exceed any harm second hand smoke could do).
Truth be told, there is no end to the number of ways citizens can duck responsibility by foisting the enforcement of bad habits onto an already strained legal system. My advice is for everyone to grow up, raise your kids properly and stop wasting my (your) tax dollars. And, oh by the way, I think the bridge is out up ahead!