Darts and Laurels (7/7/11) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Darts and Laurels (7/7/11)

Time for some more Darts and Laurels.

My first Dart is aimed at Kentucky's law against texting while driving – not because it goes too far but because it doesn't go far enough. Since January 1st, only 144 people have been cited under the law, even though we all know the streets are crammed with people who are paying more attention to their keyboards than the road ahead.

The police say it's hard to catch people in the act. But that wouldn't be a problem if the law also prohibited ANY use of cell phones by drivers without a hands-free device – and it should. Trying to handle a cell phone and drive at the same time is a recipe for disaster, and it's time to put a stop to it.

Meanwhile, another Dart goes to the law that allows former State Representative Steve Nunn to continue drawing his state pension – of over $20,000 a year -- even after pleading guilty to intentional murder.

I say, starting now, when you kill someone or steal from people and get sentenced to prison, you should also forfeit your right to your state pension.  If your conviction is later overturned -- based on DNA evidence, for example -- we can talk about reinstating it. But couldn't we just use a little common sense and agree we're not going to pay you a pension at taxpayer expense while you sit in prison?

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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