Sent to each of the representatives listed in the posting below.
Honored Representatives on the Infrastructure Committee.
Re: HB 137
On thursday you will be asked to hear HB 137. Probably one of the most egregious pieces of legislation ever to come before you, that will put the State of Florida in the national spotlight as being on the leading edge of rights infringements.
This bill deals with motorcyclist engaging in reckless and unsafe behavior. Have we reached the point in this country where a specific population is singled out for Property Confiscation? Do we not already have a myriad of “reckless driving” laws already on the books that, were they enforced, address the problem?
Do we confiscate the vehicles of individuals who violate traffic laws resulting in “death” such as those who drive “under the influence“? Of course not. It is a slippery constitutional slope that will clog the courts of Florida resulting in huge expenses to the Florida taxpayer.
I spoke with Representative Lopez-Cantera's office shortly after he introduced this bill. I discussed with his aide, were he truly interested in motorcycle safety would he be interested in crafting a bill that addresses the total scope of motorcycle safety in such a manner as not to infringe upon individual rights. He was not.
This is evidence to this writer that Representative Lopez-Cantera is interested only in grandstanding and making a name for himself at taxpayer expense.
The operation of “any: vehicle in a reckless and unsafe manner is of course of concern and needs to be addressed. However were the legislators to pass such a bill as this having failed to address the following:
The Use of Cell phones while operating a motor vehicle,
The numerous incidence's of drivers operating a motor vehicle recklessly while distracted,
The absurdly minor consequences handed out to drivers who violate right of way resulting in death,
it would only demonstrate that the legislature is only interested in kneejerk headline grabbing actions that do little to protect the public welfare.
Since notification of the committees intention to hear this bill, word has spread across the internet like wildfire focusing attention on how the state will handle this issue.
It may not bother Representative Lopez-Cantera to be nationally known as a legislator in favor of discriminately confiscating private property and revoking Drivers licenses. However it is my guess that there are many voters who would take exception to this “bad law”.
I anxiously await your response.
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