Tag Archives: transportation

Will the Department of Transportation Aid and Abet Criminal Activity?

Sadly it’s pretty consistent with the entire DC philosophy these past two years…

From The Hill’s insightful article “DoT exploring technology that would disable cell phones in cars” we learn that the overpaid Washington mob has nothing better to accomplish then more aggravation and danger upon Americans.

My question is: When would this ever be considered a practical move?

Just a Few Possible Scenarios and Realistic Safety Concerns:

Will the phones be turned off in cars of drivers and all passengers? Hmm… won’t be a selling feature of convenience and gas savings for joining the local carpools!

This also wouldn’t allow a kidnap victim with a concealed cell phone to call out for help? Great… now kidnappers and thugs have an easier control of potential victims immediately.

Police and highway patrol wouldn’t be able to converse with fleeing motorists… remember Al & OJ?

Mom and Dad go out for the evening. Babysitter, Grandma, etc needs to ask Mom or Dad a question… but no phone service for both as they are traveling in the same car?

Witness to a crime or emergency (drunk driver, holdup, fire) and as you are driving alone… you can’t call it in, unless you find a safe place to stop, turn off your car, and get how far away from the vehicle?

If it will turn off, what’s the point of having this “disabler”… but if it is to remain on continuously, what are the long term effects of its exposure to the human body?

Inquiring minds want to know!


Where’s the Respect for Alternative Transportation for the Puget Sound?

Still visiting the Pacific Northwest today and I am decidedly aghast at the future plans for “Bus plan calls for tax” as the headline in the Sunday “The News Tribune” newspaper. If you have never commuted to and from work in the Seattle area by way of your own vehicle, you have not experienced the great parking lot of morning and evening Washington highways. Been there, done that just over 7 years ago. I learned quickly that the Sounder and Bus System was the way to go. Mornings I could prep and detail my strategy for the day and plan and tweak plans for the week on public transportation. In the evenings, I could unwind before arriving home, much to the appreciation of my husband and children.

In the last seven years, it does not appear to have lightened any in the traffic flow and the Sounder has increased ridership, scheduled trips and extension of routes. But what about the Bus System? Locals you best get involved or you may lose your ride, pay through the nose, or begin your parking lot ride all over again. Grab your Java and get involved here:


What: Pierce Transit Board of Commissioners meeting.

When: 4 p.m. Monday.

Where: Rainier Room, Pierce Transit Training Center, 3720 96th St. S.W., Lakewood.

Open to the public? Yes.

On the agenda: Consideration of plans for service changes, including one that would dramatically curtail routes and a second that would basically preserve service. Board members may vote to put a sales tax increase from 0.6 percent to 0.9 percent on the Feb. 8 ballot to pay for the expanded-service option.

More information: www.piercetransit.org and www.pttomorrow.org.

Don’t give them a reason to raise your gas prices!