Monday, June 09, 2008

Idle chatter

Gotta love this story. Who among us hasn't let the old jalopy idle more than 3 minutes when it's 10 degrees outside? Well, if you live in the city of Minneapolis you're now a criminal of sorts:
The ordinance limits most vehicle idling to three minutes, except in traffic.
Notice how the reporter seemed to support, no, advocate the action in her column. No word on whether it applies to diesels or commercial vehicles (it probably doesn't) but can barbecue grills be far behind?

Really, a public awareness campaign would have been more appropriate. Criminalizing such behavior is akin to the old 'no spitting' laws and just as unenforceable. But it certainly appears the council members care...after all, pollution from idling is bad for children. Of course, so is a Sunday drive to look at the leaves or a trip downtown to watch a ballgame.


Anonymous said...

I rather suspect this is how one defines a police state.

Debbie said...

What we do NOT need is more laws. You can't even toast a marshmallow on the beach any more -- global warming/climate change you know.

Debbie Hamilton
Right Truth

A.C. McCloud said...

Mustang, I think that's definitely a stepping stone on the path. Global warming and these other phony enviro reasons allows these idiots carte blanche--and America is fixin to open the barn door wide.

A.C. McCloud said...

Debbie, agreed. It's interesting the same people who accuse Bush of trashing the constitution are all in favor of this fascism.