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Constitution Should Be Amended To Ban Unsecured Loads

The United States Constitution should be amended to ban 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 by driving un unsecured load on the highway, maybe repeat offenders could be sent to our overcrowded prisons.

That would be a measure of harsh irony.

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.

There are lawyers who make a living off of this kind of thing.

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.

July 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Instead Of Tailgating Your Fellow Working Person, Why Not Fight For A Better And More Just America?

Don’t you wish that some of our fellow working people in this country spent as much time and effort fighting for their rights and fighting together as brothers and sisters, as they do tailgating each other on our highways?

What is wrong with some people? Why the anger at others who have to use the streets and highways to get where they are going just like anybody else?

Here is some history of the American labor movement.

Let’s stop competing with each other  for no reason at all, and let’s begin to see the things we have in common as working people.

September 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Constitution Should Be Amended To Ban Unsecured Loads

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.

There are lawyers who make a living off of this kind of thing.

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.

March 17, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Be Safe & Tip Well Over Labor Day—A Brief Blogging Break

I’m going to take a brief Labor Day weekend blogging break.

I hope everybody has a safe Labor Day weekend.

As the parents of a co-worker of mine wrote last year after the death of their daughter in a car accident—Please slow down and be careful on all the highways of life.  

As for blogging—Senator Obama, Senator McCain, Senator Biden and Governor Palin will all still be around two days from now. 

And please remember, tip workers who help you on Labor Day at the same time-and-a-half rate you would expect to be paid for working a holiday. If you normally leave 20 %, then tip 30%.

It may seem like a lot, but Labor Day is about respecting working people.

Have a great holiday.

August 29, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Tip Your Waiter Time-And-A-Half On Holidays | , , , | 4 Comments