And now, another edition of...At Least They're Not Your Legislators.
According to 9News.com, Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff's deputies will soon begin pulling over teen drivers who haven't broken any traffic laws. The deputies will follow teen drivers in unmarked cars, and if they don't break any traffic laws for a few blocks, they will pull them over and award them with gift certificates for free movies or movie rentals.
From 9News.com: "Deputies will follow them for a short distance, down a thoroughfare and we will watch their driving," said Sgt. Glenn Luben, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. "Once we identify a good safe driver, we attempt to follow them to their house or open shopping area."
Sure. That won't scare the absolute crap out of anybody. It should only be a matter of time before some poor kid panics and drives into a tree because of the flashing lights behind him. And at the risk of sounding too politically correct, isn't this profiling? Should we really be approving police to start pulling people over for no reason? As one parent pointed out, "It's scary for parents too. There's so many kidnappings and other things going on; I'd be concerned for my child."
We're concerned for the citizens of Pinellas County who have to deal with those public officials. What was that meeting like? Can you imagine everyone sitting around and saying, "You know, that's a really good idea. We should absolutely start pulling people over for not breaking laws."