A draconian plan to limit the freedom of drivers, bikers and skaters to communicate could cost the city of Philadelphia some $90 million in road and bridge funding if the Pennsylvania legislature gets its way.
Patriots in the Pennsylvania house passed legislation that would withhold Philadelphia’s portion of gas tax revenue if the city goes ahead with a plan to crackdown on cell phone use by motorists.
The city’s proposed ordinance would not only ban talking on a cell phone or texting while driving, but also while biking or skating, making it one of the most stringent in the country. Violators would be fined $150 for their first violation and $300 for their second.
Fortunately, the good patriots in the Pennsylvania state house have used their power of the purse (which is more often used to crack down on freedom as in the case of the 21 year old drinking age) to stand up for drivers, bikers and skaters rights.