Fred Camillo won’t even sniff before stepping in it

Untroubled by thought, Fred Camillo is taken for a walk

Untroubled by thought, Fred Camillo is taken for a walk

Our local Republican representative to Hartford, Fred Camillo, posted on his Facebook page an announcement that he’s found time, after permanently preventing another mass shooting and stopping the abuse of pets, to turn his attention to the third-largest threat to Connecticut, distracted driving.

I am not – NOT – interested in a discussion of the merits of more laws on this topic:- that’s for another day. My point, for this post, is that my suggestion to Freddie that he look at actual data before legislating new laws that possibly were not needed was met by the universal response of politicians everywhere: don’t confuse me with facts, my mind’s made up. All I asked was that he look at what he was proposing to regulate before regulating it. No such luck, and no wonder our state’s in the mess that it is: Fred has 186 people just like him up in Hartford, deciding our fate.

Here’s the kick-off:

  • Chris Fountain Two recent studies ** you might want to consider before spending more of our tax dollars on this: one, from Australia, found zero correlation between cellphone use and accidents (the researchers called the results of their study “counter-intuitive”, and I suppose they are), the other, by the Insurance Institute of America, found that the biggest cause of “distracted driving” accidents, by far, was not cellphone use or texting, it was daydreaming. Ban thought?
  • Fred Camillo Well, Chris….having been hit by one, I disagree with you. It is a huge problem, one that cost the life of a local man jogging last year. As far as daydreaming, yes, I am sure that happens, too, but that is not our charge, nor will this study cost too much in the way of ” tax dollars”, as the task force members aren’t being paid extra for this.
    Chris Fountain But Fred, we already have enough laws and regulations on the books based on anecdotal “evidence” and guessed-at solutions; don’t add to them unnecessarily, is all I suggest. Do your study, but do your study.
  • Fred Camillo Chris….I respect the difference of opinion on this, but have to go by what I see, and what law enforcement tells us. And yes, there are many laws and regulations that should be revisited and ultimately erased from the books. I totally agree with you on that, but this issue is one that is costing lives and ruining even more each day. I don’t think it is being based on anecdotal evidence, but on reality. The answer may be technological, but just as we don’t see people driving around with open containers of beer the way we used to, we must also discourage this cultural phenomenon that is threatening to be even more deadly. We take your position often on the floor of the House and Senate, but there are times when laws are needed. I believe this is one of those times

*Cell phone use may not cause accidents.

**Day dreaming is the top cause of distracted driving accidents, not cell phones, not texting.

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12 responses to “Fred Camillo won’t even sniff before stepping in it

  1. housecat

    I suspect that most drivers would find *this* distracting, in a “does that say what I think it says” kind of way… Speaking of which, where’s Walt today?

    http://www.cnn.com/video/standard.html?/video/us/2013/08/09/dnt-woman-takes-to-street-for-bigger-chest.wear

  2. burningmadolf

    It’s par for the course in Hartford, reactionary political theater capital of the state.
    Good for you for calling him out, but maybe he de-friended you on facebook because the link appears dead.

    • I think it’s working now, but gee, de-friending sounds rather novel

      • burningmadolf

        My fault I think.
        But yes, making another law when there are so many important issues to tackle is asinine. But read most of his comments and you get the feeling for the crowd he’s playing to.

  3. Anonymous

    Fred’s a nice guy, but I respectfully say the State’s Budget/Tex crisis is public enemy #1. This State is moving well along the road to being a Detroit.

  4. Cos Cob resident

    Fred is a nice guy. A great guy but Fred please enough with dogs cats whatever. Please stop with this feel good type legislation. You are sounding more and more like a Democrat.

  5. Democrat

    Freddy
    My dear dear Freddy
    No more pictures with pets. With that dog. Please. Pass a bill that doesn’t invoke 4 legs and you get my vote. Just one.
    Woof woof.

  6. Ladie voter

    I love Freddy! And his pets. All of them. 5 cats seems a bit much but who counting.

  7. Greenwich voter and a Fred Camillo fan!

    I love Camillo!

  8. Anonymous

    Texting is likely a major cause of accidents and the data is probably vastly understated. Why confess? Who’s to know?. You may not be looking at the road when daydreaming, but you’re definitely not looking at the road when texting.

  9. towny

    What would Benny Sez do?