Lawmaker Pushes To Let Congress Drive With Flashing Blue Lights

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  1. Apr 13, 2019 #1

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    Lawmaker Pushes Law To Let Members Of Congress Drive With Flashing Blue Lights
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    North Carolina State Sen. Floyd McKissick said U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield asked him to introduce the legislation.

    Raleigh, NC – A North Carolina lawmaker has proposed legislation that would allow the state’s members of Congress to drive with blue emergency lights flashing on top of their cars.

    “There are frequently times when they're trying to meet deadlines," Democratic North Carolina State Senator Floyd McKissick explained, according to WRAL.

    North Carolina State Senate Bill 618 includes only current members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

    And, under the new law, those members of Congress could only run the blue lights on their officially-registered vehicles – with a designated license plate - and only "in the performance of the member's official duties."

    Current North Carolina law prohibits anyone who is not law enforcement from having a blue light on the roof of their vehicle. Doing so is a misdemeanor, WRAL reported.

    SB 618 was co-sponsored by Republican State Senator Danny Britt

    McKissick said it was his understanding that members of Congress were allowed to drive with blue lights in other states, WRAL reported.

    However, Blue Lives Matter was unable to identify any states that allowed representatives and senators to utilize emergency lights on their personal vehicles.

    McKissick said the request for the privilege of driving with blue lights on his personal vehicle had come from 1st District U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-North Carolina), WRAL reported.

    "So they could get out of situations where their life would be at risk," the bill’s sponsor explained.

    But Retired Washington Metro Transit Police Captain William Malone said putting elected officials behind the wheel during a crisis could be very dangerous.

    Capt. Malone said law enforcement officers take an Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) that teaches them how to safely navigate a vehicle during an emergency.

    “If it’s that urgent for a politician to get somewhere, why not put them in the closest police car for the ride to the airport? Or have a state trooper detailed as their driver,” he proposed. “That way we don’t have to worry about whether the decision to use the lights is purely an ego thing.”

    Cpt. Malone pointed out that other vehicles have a reaction to the lights as well – whether it be to slow down or move over – seeing those lights in the rear view mirror conveys a message to the drivers of the vehicles they get behind.

    Scott MacLatchie, a law enforcement attorney, told WRAL that it would be too confusing for other drivers on the roads.

    "It likely may confuse motorists," MacLatchie said. "Obviously if they're driving in the fast lane with a blue light on I'm assuming vehicles will pull over and get out of the way and maybe that's the intent of it but legally, they'd have to be operating within the speed limit."

    Former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt suffered a bi-partisan mocking by members of Congress in April of 2018 after it was revealed he repeatedly asked his detail to use lights and sirens to move him through traffic in the nation’s capital.

    The New York Times reported that the then-EPA boss wanted to “use flashing lights and sirens in his motorcade... to expedite local trips in Washington to the airport or to dinner, including at least one trip to Le Diplomate, a trendy French restaurant that he frequented.”

    The use of lights and sirens to bypass traffic was only one of the 23 ethics violations Pruitt was facing when he resigned in June of 2018.

    Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle were amused and confused when they were asked if they would want to be able to use lights and sirens on their own vehicles, the Huffington Post reported.

    “I didn’t know they stopped traffic for members or senators,” U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) said. “I thought they stopped traffic for the President, foreign leaders and the Vice President.”

    U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) laughed out loud when the question was posed, according to the Huffington Post.

    Schatz said his driver used lights “based on the security circumstances, not your dinner schedule.”

    “The only time they used blue lights was in case of emergency or real safety concerns,” he continued. “You never used it for convenience. It was not at your discretion as the protectee; it was the head of the detail that made a determination.”
     
  2. Apr 13, 2019 #2

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    Should apply to all members of Congress, They are clearly in the grip of mental illness, and it may be contagious. We need time to don the breathing masks and take evasive action.
     
  3. Apr 14, 2019 #3

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    In Washington state the congress critters can not be ticketed for speeding if they are going to or from the capitol during the times the are in session.
     
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    Well that's not right.
     
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    I hear that they get free gas for their cars, too. So, I'm sure they're not concerned about rising gas prices.
    But blue lights...really?
    Kmart used to have flashing blue lights for their in store specials.
    How many more perks does congress want?
     
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    Nice correlation, blue light specials at Walmart and blue light special legislators "when you want to buy the very best,"
     
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    Well I don't know about that. We keep paying and paying...
    I don't think we've got the very best! Not even near! And have you heard how much some of these people are worth?
     
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    Special snowflakeness hitting congress too I see :D .
     
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    From the article:
    “There are frequently times when they're trying to meet deadlines,"

    I call BS on this one. Name one thing congress has done in the last year or so with any importance or deadline.
     
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    I am currently reading a book on anthropological basics which attempts to explain 50 of the areas of study in one minute or less each. Takes me longer than that, because I tend to read nonfiction by 'reading slow and sifting fine'. During the page on the subject of politics, the scholar states that lying is a basic tool for the politician. I am not shocked by this revelation. Many (most?) politicians seem to pride themselves on their vision of The Greater Good - the pursuit of which justifies their lies, and apparently their driving.
     
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    Section 6 in article 1 of the US constitution protects senators and representatives from arrest on all but serious crimes when they are traveling to and from their service in office.
    Most states have adopted similar protections for for those serving in the senate or house for the state.
     
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    Don't have to arrest em, just ticket them.
     
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    Terri, As soon as you are pulled over you are under arrest. If you were not under arrest you could leave without reprisal.
    The police like to use the word "detained" but it is an arrest. Felony attempted evasion of arrest is the charge you get from not stopping or trying to get away from a traffic stop.
    In a traffic stop you are arrested for a civil infraction and not a criminal infraction but you are under arrest. That is why it is important to keep your mouth shut during a traffic stop.
     
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