Lower Chichester talks tough on texting

network mad as hellThe blah blah blah over text messaging and driving gets pretty tiresome: How could any law possibly be enforced? What about my civil liberties? Yadda yadda. We’ve heard it all by now.

Meet a lawmaker in Pennsylvania who is mad as hell about texting and is not going to take it anymore.

The president of the township commission in Lower Chichester, Rocco Gaspari Jr., had this to say Monday after the body voted to ban text messaging for all drivers, effective immediately:

“Text messaging now supersedes drugs and alcohol for causing the most accidents in the United States. Something needs to be done and I won’t wait for someone in Harrisburg to get off their butt to tell everyone across the commonwealth that text messaging is dangerous. If anybody wants to debate this we can go out on the lawn, have a coffee or soda and have a discussion. Our police department will enforce this and if anybody doesn’t like it, don’t tell us that it can’t be enforced.”

Gaspari continued like so, according to the Delaware County Daily Times:

“Our job is to protect the health, safety and welfare of our residents. Nobody can tell us what we can and can’t do in our town. Nobody!”

Harrisburg, of course, not only wants to tell Gaspari’s Commission what to do, but also the mayor of Philadelphia. The legislature has threatened Mayor Mike Nutter and his city with millions in lost highway funding if it does not abandon its cell phone and driving law, adopted in late April.

Lower Chichester already regulates the use of handheld cell phones.

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