It’s Like This By Bob Palmer

The nanny state

One of the supposed attractions of the Republican ideology was their alleged desire to get government off the backs of the American people.


Turns out, however, Republicans are just as eager to tell folks what to do and what not to do as Democrats.


As the political pendulum swings back and forth, nanny state rules telling us what we should have had enough sense to do without Gov. Greg Abbot or Donald Trump ordering us pile up like trash on a storm drain following a three-inch rain.


Unfortunately, the latest “Nanny knows best” regulation is warranted. Effective Sept. 1, texting while driving will be illegal in Texas, leaving only three states where the practice will be permitted. Most states like Arkansas have banned behind the wheel texting for years.


A few facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration may have swayed the legislature:


• Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America’s roadways. In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.


• Nine percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crashes. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the crashes.


• Ten percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent…

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