Only the full website address works when linking on social media. Please use

Friday, February 12, 2010

An Opinion Piece By The Webmaster Of Conservatives Of The Upstate.


Picture from CBS News

Last night I attended the February 2010 Conservatives Of The Upstate meeting ...

While there, I asked if I could speak ...

I asked everyone in attendance what they thought of the recent efforts to ban texting while driving.

I wanted to make it very clear before I mentioned my thoughts that I think texting while driving is dangerous, foolish, and I don't appreciate those that do it; potentially putting me or my family members in danger - especially with statistics showing that it's a growing public safety concern.

I then asked if anyone had eaten while driving, looked down to change the radio, or type in something on their GPS.

One comment was made, "I've seen a woman driving with her elbows putting on makeup."

I mentioned the number of twitter conversations I've had recently with SC State Representative Shane Massey (Shane was a guest at one of our Meet The Candidates nights.) regarding texting while driving as he helped debate the bill in a subcommittee.

Key points I've mentioned to Representative Massey:

• Enforcement of this law is an invasion of private property and should be seen as unconstitutional under the 4th amendment. Seeing a text message or even finding out your cellphone service provider is a violation of privacy.

* Police are entitled to reasonably attaining specifics about your car - which most police officers are able to do by a two second glance - I know I can. They are also entitled to the information on your state issued driver's license and state issued registration

* I trust in a police officer's ability to recognize reckless driving - if this is the charge - then he should have the right to pull me over - make the charge - issue a citation and let me go on my way - to pay my fine or show up in court and protest the charge.

I have provided two scenarios:

- What if I had information pulled up on my iPhone about "homemade weapons silencers" (actually true ... out of curiosity, after watching an episode of "Forensic Files" I wanted to see why silencers are illegal.) Does this give an officer probable cause to search my car even though I've caused no accident or committed no crime against someone?

- What if someone as maniacal and "anything goes" such as Perez Hilton wants some confirmed gossip or rumor about a celebrity - could he pay off a police officer to pull them over and "look at their texts"? What about in the case of Governor Sanford - could someone have done this to him had we had this law in place?

• I've also raised the question to state legislators about how they plan to obtain cellphone records - when cellphone companies don't release that information under any circumstance other than terrorism or death threats now.

• I question whether the state or municipalities have considered the amount of training (and cost of that training) for all the different types of cellphones.

• I've said that the common argument for this law is,

"Other states are doing it?"

Other states are allowing legal marijuana.

Other states are allowing gay marriage.

This is South Carolina - we have always led the charge for freedom - we were the first to secede.

• Another common argument is statistics showing that it's worse than drunk driving.

Well, statistics also show that bans in other states have been ineffective.

• I've made the claim that "texting bans" are my generation's Brady Bill.

• I've framed all of my talks with this quote:

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~ Ben Franklin


  1. Well said! I agree! This is an invasion of our personal privacy and a usurpation of constitutional liberty! This is a continuation down the slippery slope to an Orwellian Society!

  2. Thank you David ... we missed you on Thursday!



• Your comment will be posted as soon as possible.

• Do not resubmit or duplicate comments.

• You are not required to leave a URL/website

Feel free to leave an anonymous comment but owning your comments, even if by an alias, is honorable.

Thank you for visiting.