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Simmons Bill on Reckless Driving

Anne Bartlett

Rosalind S. Helderman reports this morning on a new push for a long-stymied legislative proposal that would make it easier to prosecute reckless drivers. Here's the summary of to Montgomery Democratic Rep Luiz R.S. Simmons's bill:

FOR the purpose of making it a misdemeanor for a person to cause the death of another as a result of the person's driving, operating, or controlling a vehicle or vessel in a criminally negligent manner; establishing the circumstances under which a person is considered to act in a criminally negligent manner for purposes of this Act; establishing that it is not an offense under this Act for a person to cause the death of another as a result of the person's driving, operating, or controlling a vehicle or vessel in a negligent manner; establishing certain penalties; stating the intent of the General Assembly with respect to the interpretation of a certain term; defining a certain term; and generally relating to criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle or vessel.

And here is the full text of the bill. What do you think of it? Cast your vote in the poll below, and/or leave your thoughts in the comments.



POLL

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 29, 2009; 10:04 AM ET
Categories:  General Assembly , Reader Polls , Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

OK, so as of the time I'm writing this there were 42 responses to the poll. Of those 42 people, I wonder how many clicked "yes" or "no" without first clicking on the link to read the full text of the bill, and instead just "went with their gut"?

Now consider, so far in this legislative session there have already been over 600 bill introduced into the state House and Senate. And how many of our Legislators will not first thoroughly read and analyze all the bills they vote on, and instead just take a best estimate of what the "gut reaction" of most voters will be, given that those voters will never know what is in those bills either?

Posted by: afpre42 | January 29, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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