It must be nice being a member of the privileged political class. You get to set your own hours, give yourself a raise whenever you want, take other people’s money by decree, and be immune from the very laws your cohorts created. Legislators in Washington are enjoying the freedom of immunity from speeding tickets:
A spokesman for WSP says Washington lawmakers are constitutionally protected from receiving noncriminal traffic tickets during a legislative session, as well as 15 days before. A spokeswoman says The Tacoma Police Department abides by a similar policy.
State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins says the privilege not only applies to moving violations near the state Capitol in Olympia, but potentially anywhere in the state.
The logic? Detaining lawmakers on the road — even for the time it takes to issue them a speeding ticket — may delay them from getting to the Capitol to vote.
Being able to arrive at the marble building in time to say “yea” or “nay” to a decree written by one of my buddies is absolutely critical to the safety of the state. At least I assume as much since we, the little people, are constantly bombarded with propaganda that speeding is super dangerous and is responsible for killing billions of people every year (I may have exaggerated slightly). Either passing legislation is more important than the lives of fellow drivers or the propaganda regarding the dangers of speeding is complete bullshit. Either way, the lawmakers once again enjoy special privileges that us little people don’t.