By Wyatt Earp | September 18, 2008
Check your liberty at the door.
It’s funny how the birthplace of liberty has transformed into an Orwellian state almost overnight:
A plan to stop drivers in Philadelphia from using cell phones is now heading to a City Council committee. And the measure could also cover skateboarders, rollerbladers, and bicyclists.
Three city councilmembers — Green, Greenlee, and Rizzo — introduced a bill that would ban cell phone use not only by drivers but also by skateboarders, bicyclists, and rollerbladers.
Mayor Nutter says the idea of an expanded ban is an interesting one:
“I did wonder how you could talk on a cell phone and either rollskate or skateboard at the same time. On the one big issue, about motorists in their vehicles, I am pretty clear about support for that. I’d like to hear more about the cyclists, skateboarders, all that.”
The sponsors on Council say this is sorely needed. But others say they’ve tried this before and found that only the state can regulate cell phones in cars.
If only there were more important issues at hand for City Council . . .
Council was also scheduled on Thursday to hear from Mayor Nutter on the city’s budget woes. He will seek City Council’s cooperation in helping close a projected $450-million budget shortfall over the next five years, though any immediate cuts he wants would not necessarily need Council approval. (H/T - KYW1060)
Yeah, that budget disaster can wait. Council has important work to do!