In a previous post, I mentioned that officials at the Super Bowl and other entertainment venues were searching for and confiscating food from paying customers. Now, the Kentucky State Police is getting in on the act. From WBKO in Kentucky:
To increase driving safety, Kentucky State Police is starting a new “safe driving program”.
Operation R.A.I.D (Remove aggressive, Impaired. and Distracted Drivers from Kentucky Roadways) will remain active for one year.
Law enforcement will be more visible and the number of check points will increase.
What will they be looking for? Let’s just say, don’t try to finish your corned beef and cabbage on the way home:
“Not only just texting, but any distracting drivers. This includes eating and drinking. We are going to be out looking for those people. You’re going to see a major force when it comes time for St. Patrick’s Day weekend and holiday weekends,” said Trooper Biven, Kentucky State Police.
Does this mean that doggie bags will have to be hidden in trunks of cars? How about locked in a safe under the seat, like a gun? And what about kids eating in the car? That can be very distracting to a parent who’s driving. The government had better add more rest stops along the Interstates if they’re going to continue with this nonsense.
Here’s an interesting statistic from the report:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’ studies show two-thirds of all fatal crashes link to aggressive drivers.
If two-thirds of all fatal crashes are linked to aggressive driving, what percentage does that leave for people who eat a granola bar and drink coffee on their way to work? Really, can eating and drinking in the car be that much of a problem? No, the real problem is that this is pre-crime policing and it’s unacceptable.
Help the Sheeple states the probable reason for food and beverage checkpoints:
Despite claims to the contrary, this is also another example of how the main duty of an increasing number of police officers in America is not catching criminals or serving communities, but revenue generation.
They also make these excellent points:
Although Kentucky has banned text messaging while driving, there is no state law that bans eating while driving, according to Distraction.gov. Police will be pulling people over and subjecting them to checkpoints over a supposed violation (eating while driving) that doesn’t exist.
Reports concerning the program also made no mention whatsoever of the fact that such checkpoints are clearly a violation of the 4th Amendment.
Nevertheless, the majority will still think it’s a good idea.
In conclusion, a word of advice: If you’re one of the potential criminals who eats while driving, be sure to never chew your burger or doughnut into the shape of a gun. Okay? And don’t point your food at anyone. Remember the kid with the pop-tart.