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Legislating Common Sense

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010

It should go without saying that driving your car with snow on the roof, windows, hood, and trunk presents safety concerns.

But in New Jersey it is not only ill advised -- it's illegal. The new law went into effect October 20, and requires that all ice and snow be removed from a vehicle before drivers take to the road.

"For years we've seen evidence of the dangers of snow and ice on vehicles," says Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. "Now, the law prohibits what common sense should have already dictated."

The new regulation reflects a growing trend to legislate everything from what kind of bag you use at the grocery store to where you are allowed to smoke.

Most laws like these have been adopted to protect the environment or ensure public safety. And while these may be admirable goals, the rules are only effective if consistently applied across city, county, and state boundaries.

What "common sense" law would you like to have adopted? Are there any you would repeal?

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