Senator Russell Feingold of Wisconsin has proposed that the Constitution be amended to mandate the direct election of all U.S. Senators. This comes after the big mess involved in filling the seat once held by President Barack Obama.
This issue does not really move me one way or another. Despite a number of Senate appointments needed to fill spots left vacant by Senators leaving to serve in the Obama administration, these appointed Senate seats don’t happen all that often.
One issue I feel should be addressed by Constitutional amendment is unsecured loads on our roads and highways. I’d like to see the day when a person driving around in the way you see below would not only get a ticket, but would also be found to be in violation of the United States Constitution.
If found in violation of the Constitution of the United States of America, I believe that the drivers of these vehicles, and maybe even passengers in these cars and trucks as well, could be sent to special jails. Such as wherever we are going to send the people in Guantanamo after that place is shut down. At that point they might or might not ever get a trial.
Below is what King County, Washington asks drivers to consider before transporting stuff by car or truck—
Is your load secure? Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- Is there any chance of debris falling or blowing out of my vehicle?
- Would I feel safe if I were driving behind MY vehicle?
- Would I want MY loaded vehicle driving through MY neighborhood?
- What would happen to MY load if I had to brake suddenly or if I hit a bump?
- Do I need to drive slower than I normally do?
- Is my load secured at the back and on the sides AND top?
- Did I double-check my load to make sure it is secured?
Here are suggestions from King County about how you can be certain that your load is secure—
Follow these tips for securing your load:
- Tie Down – Tie your load with rope, bungee cords, netting or straps. Tie large items directly to your vehicle.
- Don’t Overload – Keep material level with the truck bed or trailer unless tied down, netted, or tarped.
- Lighter Goes Lower – Put lighter weight things at the bottom of the load.
- Consider Covering – Cover your load with a secured tarp or net.
- Always Double-Check – Make sure your load is secured.
Here is a story about a woman who won a 15 million dollar judgement after she was terribly injured by an unsecured load.
Unsecured loads are a clear and present danger. By amending our Constitution to address this menace, we would be sending the clearest possible message that they will no longer be tolerated.