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(Fox News)   Don't want to get speeding tickets? Just become a State legislator in Washington. Cops can't ticket you   (foxnews.com) divider line 16
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2013-09-17 09:07:17 AM
6 votes:
I can see how delaying senators on their way to vote could be a problem.  but then so could delay a doctor on his way to surgery.  We'll just work them like the enforcement cameras do, take a picture and mail you the ticket.

Tada!  No delay and you still have to obey the same rules as everyone else.
2013-09-17 09:52:00 AM
3 votes:
Step 1: Become a Washington State legislator
Step 2: Get a film crew and have them film me driving 120, snorting coke off of a hooker's tits, and flipping off the cops while wagging my dick at them.
Step 3: Profit!
2013-09-17 10:22:35 AM
2 votes:
Or they could adjust their schedule and allow a little more time to get to work like the rest of the human race....
2013-09-17 05:14:10 PM
1 votes:

Beerguy: A speeding State Legislator is just as much a threat to lose control and kill someone as anyone else, so in the interest of public safety, they should be cited. By making them immune to citations, the State is basically saying that they issue tickets because they need the revenue not because it is a public safety issue.


I sure hope none of these legislators ever pushed to introduce $peed camera$, enforce speed limits or otherwise inconvenience the public with speed limits either.
2013-09-17 02:07:47 PM
1 votes:

jshine: The US Congress is the same -- at least while it's in session.  Congresspeople are pretty much immune from prosecution while engaged in their official duties.  It's in the Constitution:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speech_or_Debate_Clause


Yup.  It's a check and balance issue for the judicial and legislative branches, not a privilege issue.  Can it be abused?  Sure, but not nearly as much as the executive branch can and does abuse its power to detain people.  The occasional lawmaker getting out of a speeding ticket is worth the price of uninhibited legislature.  I doubt we're going to see a rash of elective representatives doing donuts on the highways and giving us all the finger while they run through stop signs.
2013-09-17 12:48:27 PM
1 votes:
I've lived in Washington my entire life. I am within walking distance of the Capitol building.

This has never been a problem; it's something a local newspaper (I think the Tribune) decided was worth making up some outrage over to sell some papers and get some eyeballs, and they can't even name an actual incident where a legislator avoided a ticket. It's one of those things where it be that  in theory a legislator got out of a speeding ticket, but  in practice it's not a problem.

Goddammit, there's only a few hundred of them and most don't even drive that much. Can't we find something more useful to do, like addressing the labor issues at the Port of Seattle or maybe getting a few bridges fixed before they fall into the water?

Farking circus animals.
2013-09-17 12:31:52 PM
1 votes:
This is proof that speeding tickets are about REVENUE and not PUBLIC SAFETY.

If the speeding ticket system was instituted in the interest of public safety then ANYONE speeding presents a threat.

A speeding State Legislator is just as much a threat to lose control and kill someone as anyone else, so in the interest of public safety, they should be cited. By making them immune to citations, the State is basically saying that they issue tickets because they need the revenue not because it is a public safety issue.
2013-09-17 10:53:59 AM
1 votes:

EvilEgg: I can see how delaying senators on their way to vote could be a problem.  but then so could delay a doctor on his way to surgery.  We'll just work them like the enforcement cameras do, take a picture and mail you the ticket.

Tada!  No delay and you still have to obey the same rules as everyone else.


Or we could dock them some of the money they keep voting on for thier own raises....while simultaneously sequestering our teachers, soldiers, air traffic controllers due to the fact that they haven't made a decision in four years among the whole lot of them....Just sayin....
2013-09-17 10:53:16 AM
1 votes:

cgraves67: Illinois has those rules in effect as well. This is not new, and quite prevalent. It's nothing to get your panties in a twist about, unless they were drunk and killed someone. It keeps the opposing party from setting up accidents or whatever to keep a legislator from voting on a particular bill. And you know they would, too.


Someone already provided my response to this...

Circusdog320: Or they could adjust their schedule and allow a little more time to get to work like the rest of the human race....
2013-09-17 10:27:27 AM
1 votes:
Section. 6.

The Senators and Representatives shall receive a Compensation for their Services, to be ascertained by Law, and paid out of the Treasury of the United States. They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same; and for any Speech or Debate in either House, they shall not be questioned in any other Place.


Can't have elected officials waylaid to prevent them from voting
2013-09-17 10:26:32 AM
1 votes:
you know, I'm getting really tired of our elected officials privileged lifestyles.

Tell me again how they represent the common man...
2013-09-17 10:24:31 AM
1 votes:
Here's an idea. Clock them. Send them a ticket in the mail. Tack an extra $1000 on. "Call it an Above The Law Tax."

It's going to be great when some senator is speeding at 100 miles an hour and kills a family of 6 or something. I guess it won't be his fault, will it... citizen?
2013-09-17 10:23:02 AM
1 votes:

SlothB77: But for the 15 days before the legislature is in session?


The statute was probably written in the early 1900s, when it took a lot longer to get to the capital for the session.
2013-09-17 10:22:17 AM
1 votes:
It is that way in Georgia too.  Legislators can only be arrested for felonies while they are in session.
2013-09-17 10:02:20 AM
1 votes:
I can see the police being used to detain or delay legislators of the opposite party from getting to a vote.  I can see that being a problem.

But for the 15 days before the legislature is in session?  How long does it take for these guys to get to work?  And what about if they are detained by police for other violations of law?  Can police not arrest them for DWI or domestic abuse too?  Or drug possession?
2013-09-17 09:27:25 AM
1 votes:
I don't know about Washington, but in my home state the deal is that they're immune from prosecution (of any kind) on their way to/from the statehouse and while performing official duties there.

It insulates them from influence, so I think it's probably OK if they use the same mechanism to occasionally do stupid crap.
 
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