Monday, October 23, 2006

Another Dumb Idea

See a smoker in Omaha? Dial 9-1-1 Nebraska city imposes toughest enforcement policy in nation
Omaha's tough new anti-smoking ordinance banning the practice in nearly all public places comes with an even tougher enforcement policy. The Nebraska city's elected leaders and police department are urging residents who see violations to call the 9-1-1 emergency system for an immediate response.
I've never been to Omaha. Now, it's a sure bet I won't ever visit that city!
The new smoking ban applies to bars that serve food and those that don't have keno licenses. Some bars have applied for keno licenses to keep their smokers happy, and a few decided to give up food instead of smoking.
I wonder how many of those bars are going to end up going out of business?
Douglas County Emergency director Mark Conrey said people should not call 9-1-1 every time they see someone light up in a restricted area. He said the very idea threatens Douglas County's emergency system. But, even after Conrey's concerns, Omaha police insisted residents should use 9-1-1 to report smoking law violators.
Do they really believe that 9-1-1 was created to infringe on citizens rights? This is just one more example of the "I know what is best for you" crowd...aka Nannies! No doubt, these are the same type of people who worry about terrorists rights. HUMPH!