As Rick Perry Preps Run at White House, He Explains Veto on "Texting While Driving" Bill

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This just in from the Associated Press: "Key advisers to Texas Gov. Rick Perry are beginning to lay the groundwork for a campaign for Iowa's leadoff GOP presidential caucuses in case the Republican decides to seek the 2012 nomination." And, this just in from Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office: He's vetoed House Bill No. 242, which would have made texting on state roads and highways an offense punishable with an up-to-$200 fine. Why the no-go? Says the governor:
Texting while driving is reckless and irresponsible. I support measures that make our roads safer for everyone, but House Bill 242 is a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults. Current law already prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from texting or using a cell phone while driving. I believe there is a distinction between the overreach of House Bill 242 and the government's legitimate role in establishing laws for teenage drivers who are more easily distracted and laws providing further protection to children in school zones.
It's a recurring theme throughout Perry's releases this evening: He wants to "limit government intrusion into Texans' lives." Oh, really?

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invisalign London
invisalign London

thanks for sharing an idea .......Really it was a nice post.....

GoldtopSam
GoldtopSam

He obviously hasn't seen the same drivers I have. lady damn nnear ran me down in the parking lot of Home Depot because she was texting and looking for a parking spot. Stupid move Mr. Perry. If he had his way, we'd have confederate license plates and would have seceded from the States again. Dumb cracker.

Mike908alb
Mike908alb

Let freedom ring! Don't criticize Perry for vetoeing a bill that I'm sure had tons of restrictive irrelevant junk in it to opress people. Yes, everyone agrees texting and driving is very dangerous, but we have to stop somewhere with this intrusive (and expensive) overcontrol of our lives. Remember that every law passed requires enforcement (money) prosecution (money) and takes money out of our economy. Also recall that there is exactly NO evidence of any death or injury due to cell phone usage in school zone crossings, yet all over the state there is a law against this.....I say good job Perry, and reign in the tyranny inherant in every government entity....sorry bleeding heart liberals, some of us don't want your oppressive police state just to punish a few idiots. Leave the vast majority alone, and use education, not criminial penalties...Hmmm...isn't this the same crowd that wants to decriminalize drugs? Go figure!

Mike Diamond
Mike Diamond

Well then, certainly Governor Goodhair isn't opposed to bringing casinos to the state of Texas.  Surely, he wouldn't want to support governmental micromanagement of an adult's decision to gamble on slot machines or poker or blackjack.

Cpierce11
Cpierce11

Perry, Perry, Perry.............Safety is the key gov! What were you thinking and what are you thinking? Texting and driving distracts, is beyond dangerous, and you think you can be a responsible president?  I am sorely disappointed!

Groucho42
Groucho42

Today I was almost run over by an ahole texting while driving down Abrams. Later, an idiot changed lanes without looking, right in front of me. She too had the phone and her hand and wasn't looking at the road.

I ride a motorcycle and know that Perry is doing the wrong thing, yet again, by vetoing the law. He doesn't explain why it's ok to outlaw younger folks texting but it's somehow "overreach" to say nobody can.

However, he doesn't have to make sense. After all, Shrub was elected governor twice and won this state twice when he ran for the White House. Perry, who's smarter, rightly thinks is Shrub could con the people of this State, almost half of the country and get crowned by the Supreme Court, Perry must also have a chance.

Rick
Rick

Texting is considered to be as dangerous as drunk driving.  Drunk drivers are involved in ~14000 traffic deaths per year.  That number has been cut in half with tougher DWI laws since 1982.  PERRY = STUPID!  Maybe he will feel differently when his family is taken out by a tester?

Rick
Rick

More proof that Perry is an idiot.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

Such a retrograde, ignorant state. Can't wait to get out of here

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Last I looked, TX got more money from the feds than it paid to the feds.  So, if Rick Perry is so opposed to government intervention in Texas, why is he always there with his hand out when federal money is being disbursed?  Why did he ask for federal disaster relief during the wildfires, and then pout when he didn't get it?  He's like a woman who breaks off the engagement but keeps the ring.

Phelps
Phelps

The seat belt law was bad enough.  Do you REALLY want to give the cops a completely irrefutable way of pulling over whoever they want?  "I thought I saw a glow in the driver's seat indicating that a phone was in use.  I effected a traffic stop based on that probable cause."

Seriously, this was a bad law.  They might as well have called it "driving while brown with a phone."

Yankee011
Yankee011

Perry's a blittering idiot and the people who vote for him are worse

scottindallas
scottindallas

Come on, give goodhair his due; even a blind hog finds an acorn once and a while.  Bravo Perry!  (that felt dirty)

Justin Julian
Justin Julian

We need a generic 'distracted driving' law.  Getting specific is stupid.  Are you driving dangerously while openly engaging in an activity other than paying attention to the road?  Enjoy your high-priced ticket.  Don't cite behavior, cite misbehavior.

Montemalone
Montemalone

How about I take target practice on the texting assholes. They're pretty easy pickins, seein's how they're always going too slow, plus they ain't looking up so they won't even see me shootin.

Of course, now I have to go out and buy a gun.Thank the lordy-lord I don't have to worry about them checkin up on me. I'll just go get one at a gun show,

Mark Bieniek-Krawietz
Mark Bieniek-Krawietz

so he cannot micromanage adults???  ok so everyone stop wearing your seatbelts; drive fast; drink & drive!!!  I am glad I didn't vote for him!!!

JonathanG
JonathanG

"Texting while driving is reckless and irresponsible. I support measures that make our roads safer for everyone, but House Bill 242 is a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults."Then why can't I smoke pot for fear of serious incarceration and property forfeiture? Replace 'Texting while driving" with "Smokin' grass in my house".

Keithdylan
Keithdylan

I guess forcing a pregnant woman to have a sonogram before an abortion isn't micromanaging? 

Phelps
Phelps

It's military spending that puts us over.  Why do you hate the troops?

Yeah, I know it's a bullshit argument.  But it was a bullshit point in the first place, so I think it is an appropriate response.

Harvey Lacey
Harvey Lacey

Seat belt law is a good thing.

First because the idiots that don't wear seat belts are also the kinds of idiots that don't carry insurance etc.  They get hurt more in an accident because they aren't wearing a seat belt and we the responsible insurance buying seat belt wearing others pay for their increased medical costs with higher insurance and tax rates.

Secondly, if they were financially responsible I wouldn't mind them not wearing seat belts.  But the bad thing is they have kids.  So the kids not only ride around unsecured, they pick up the attitude that driving around like a total fool is kewel.

If we were an uncaring society that wouldn't pick up the pieces after an idiot who won't use a seat belt is hurt then I would say let Darwin's Law rule.  But we are a caring society and we do pick up the tab for the fool's ffing up.  Since we are the ones paying for the dance then we should be the ones calling the song choice.

Anti-texting legislation can be substituted for seat belt legislation.

Max
Max

You be barkin' up the wrong tree. Mark White pushed the seat belt law.

Phelps
Phelps

It's called "reckless driving."

§ 545.401. RECKLESS DRIVING; OFFENSE. (a) A person commits an offense if the person drives a vehicle in wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.

If it is actually impairing your driving (like making you weave) then stop them and cite them. If it isn't effecting their driving, why make it an offense?

Tom_Bl
Tom_Bl

It's not too much to ask that drivers who want to write a text message pull over and park first. 

Mike908alb
Mike908alb

sorry, abortion is murder..the State has an inherant right to at least minimize murder.

jfpo
jfpo

It's not micromanagement when it's God's work.

See Ya
See Ya

All your refined, humanitarian states are more broke than Greece. Good luck eating that hamburger helper after paying your taxes.

scottindallas
scottindallas

He took bail out money, supplemental funds to keep teachers, cops and fire employed.  We take federal money for all sorts of projects, but the recession really tipped the balance.  Why on Earth would you point to one arbitrary stream of funds when it is neither the newest nor the most conditional.

Phelps
Phelps

And anti-abortion legislation can be substituted for anti-texting legislation.

Seriously, when do we stop legislating and start educating? When are we going to stop meddling?

Phelps
Phelps

Right, because dixiecrats never push laws that hurt black people.

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

Not that I agree with passing a texting-specific bill, but the counter to your point is that weaving isn't the only measurement of distracted/reckless driving. If your reaction time is garbage because your attention is currently focused on something other than driving, then you might potentially affect other drivers around you.

Roadster
Roadster

because sometimes it doesn't effect their driving until the crumpled bodies are splayed out all over the grassy median

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Uh, this little thing called separation of church and state?

plfarmer
plfarmer

God does not need a sonogram

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

So jfpo how may children have you adopted?  I bet that the answer is NONE.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Yeah, New York, biggest city in the country and so many people want to live there that a studio apt costs $300K+. California, the socialist paradise, same deal. Even Chicago, that corrupt frozen city on the lake has the 3rd most people of any city in the country.People must really be masochists to put up with all that government control over their lives to live in such places.I'm currently plotting my return to Chicago, especially after the past month of 100 degree days.

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

Of course - In TX you get freedom!  Freedom from clean air, freedom from good schools, freedom from good roads. Because there is no public good that can come from a single $ worth of Tax revenue, we should abolish all government. And because, of course, people's quality of life in high Tax states (and countries) is so much WORSE than it is here in Texas

Lolotehe
Lolotehe

Could we get all those retired teachers to participate in a "I thought I taught you better" campaign? Just have them write to their representatives.

Of course, the representatives would have to be able to read first....

trashtalk
trashtalk

You are living in the most bankrupt state of the union, dumbass. That sissy democrat Jerry Brown removed the burden left by the dog republican in California.

Rick Perry has taken every damned dime he can get from the feds. He took billions that was supposed to go to education funding and stuffed it straight up his ass.

He is starving this state on education and social service spending so he can have a platform to run with those he considers the big dogs. He's no better than Stalin starving his own folks to make an ideological point. Got that? Got it?

Well, hope he can count. The nuimbers of retired teachers alone in this state are going to come back and bite him.

After paying our taxes? The end result is that the legislature will get sued, property taxes will go higher along with our highest in the nation insurance rates and electricity rates.

See, while holding the line on taxes, the Republicans have given away the basic services that drive the cost of living in this state. The hidden costs--property taxes, insurance, electricity, are astoundingly higher than other states.

So, go vote for Stalin. Hope we don't have Texans eating their own kids like the villages starved to death by Stalin's purges.

Rick Perry--a vote for an ideologue.

scottindallas
scottindallas

This law makes getting a call illegal.  As someone who was around doctors, you know they get messages/calls that are important.  People of a variety of walks get important calls.  You're saying, no exceptions, no one can use a phone.  I don't really have a problem with seat belt laws, but this is absurd.  So, someone getting directions that happen to move through a school zone is an out law?  There ARE laws on the books for this.  The police could announce that distracted driving will be read as reckless.  But, your argument by analogy is worthless, as the prohibition argument would rebut that well.  The phone rings on it's own schedule.  Let's not make that a crime.

Phelps
Phelps

I don't have a problem with people having to pay their own way.  I am in no way a supporter of the welfare system, from housing to medical.

jcs
jcs

I worked in the  trauma/surgical ICU at Parkland for many years (80s-90s). People are idiots when they drive . People who do not wear seat belts do sustain  more serious injuries and very often have no insurance.   I have not worked there in a long time, but it was not unusual for some of these people to have hospital bills in excess of a million dollars just in the ICU, then post hospital rehab and then many on permanent disability after that and enroll in the medicare system for their disability.   These irresponsible people cost society a fortune. 

Our personal health insurance for our healthy family of four (no obesity, blood pressure problems, cholesterol problems, etc) as of August will be $3300/ month, with a $7500 deductible, no dental, vision or prescription plan. It has been increasing about 60% every year we have it. Part of the reason it goes up is to pay for the idiots that do not wear their seat belts and the people who do not want to carry insurance. I have kids to send to college, so this is a big chunk of money for us.   I also have friends whose kids use medicaid and they get braces, dental and everything for free, yet the mom has gotten breast implants and they take way better vacations than we do and the kids go to a more expensive private school than ours ( twice the tuition).  My point being there are lots of medical frauds and they should be caught and that would bring down the cost of health care for all.

 If you decide not to carry health insurance or if you choose to not wear your seat belt, or engage in texting or dangerous behavior while driving, just because you don't want to be encumbered by the law and want your rights and 'freedom' don't come knocking at the hospital door and expect the citizens to pay for your irresponsibility.  If you  do not have the means to cover your bills there is assistance for you, but to not pay for insurance or wear your seat belt just because you want a more expensive car or you are just  'a little rebel' is no reason the rest of us should have to pay for your selfish and stupid decisions.  It is wrong to try to have it both ways and should not be paid for by society. 

 I am sick of paying what is equivalent to a house payment for our health insurance to pay for irresponsible people who do not care enough for themselves or others to be responsible, or who are cheating the system. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

As a society, we pass laws for the good of that society.Too many people think they're special, that's why the roads are a mess with morons that have to be doing everything BUT paying attention to the road.

jcs
jcs

My argument inmy other comment is not   "I am the only one that matters".   It is that I can't afford to pay for those others who feellike they are the only ones that matter. So if they do not respect themselvesenough to plan ahead to get insurance, wear seat belts etc. I can't changetheir minds on that, but they should not expect to get free care and haveeverybody else pay for it.  If they can't pay for the cost of hospitalization and haverefused to purchase insurance then don’t let them have the access to thehospital system. It is freedom of choice and they knowingly made the choice. Iam more than willing to help those who cannot afford it or those lessfortunate. However the people who are committing fraud on our social safetynets should be identified and have to pay some sort of consequence. Also thehealth care business should be non profit, it was for decades and kept premiumslow and the system worked much better than now. Iagree people have the freedom to be stupid, but they should pay for their ownconsequences, I have my own set of life consequences that I am paying for and Iam not asking them to pay for mine.

Phelps
Phelps

You realize in your other comment, your argument is essentially, "I'm the only one that matters", right?

I actually agree with you on that point -- that we shouldn't be responsible for other people's stupidity -- but you have to realize that the flip side of that is people have the freedom to be stupid (and pay the consequences.)

jcs
jcs

Your comments and arguments sound like the same maturity and logic as someone the age of your avatar. Very selfish and inward focused.Whaaah!  Me so selfish! Me the only one that matter!

Montemalone
Montemalone

Why is it every time I get stuck behind a swerving suv and finally get a chance to pass, there's some fool holding a phone in the driver's seat?

Phelps
Phelps

So you really do want cops to pull someone over for something you admit isn't having any effect on that individual's driving at the time?

Wow.  Maybe we can come up with a "driving while moronic" charge and have you pulled over until you stop driving.

jcs
jcs

jfpo's comment sounded like sarcasm to me too.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Sound like a great idea-104 and an ICED COLD Warstiner beer!   I think that I will take your advice!  Thanks!

Montemalone
Montemalone

Just have a few cold ones, relax, and laugh.That's what I'm doing right now.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

It is probably the heat combined with Texas politics.   I guess I have egg on my ugly face.

G_David
G_David

Yes, you completely missed it.  Not really sure how.

Mister_Mean
Mister_Mean

Montemalone-are you implying that jfpo comments were sarcastic?   Have I miss interpreted the original post?  

Montemalone
Montemalone

Now Mr. Mean, just slide that tongue a little to the side and plant it firmly in your cheek.

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