Arizona Bill Would Outlaw Kids Riding Loose in Pickup Beds

Huw Evans
by Huw Evans

Some would argue that common sense disappeared back in the 1980s. In fact it seems more and more laws are being introduced to save us from our own stupidity.

In Arizona, state lawmakers recently passed a bill that would prohibit children under the age of 18 from riding freely in the back of a pickup truck.

What makes this even more incredible is the fact that state law currently requires an Elk carcass to be firmly secured in the bed, but not children. The bill’s sponsor, Democrat Representative Matt Heinz went on the record as saying “a projectile 12-year-old poses just as much of a traffic safety risk as a projectile elk — not to mention that it’s your kid.”

The bill, if passed (and there’s a good chance it will according to the Arizona Daily Star) will require riders under 18 in the back of a bed to be belted and helmeted. Critics of the bill says it infringes on civil liberties and is just another example of the Nanny State interfering with our daily lives.

Perhaps, but what about the concept of personal responsibility for one’s actions? Apparently, these days, that’s as dead and buried as common sense.

[Source: Arizona Daily Star]

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  • Rich Rich on Mar 25, 2011

    The same bill has been defeated dozens of times since the 60s.