A Christmas wish list

I only want a handful of things for Christmas, and fortunately for my loved ones, they didn’t have to fight people at the mall at 4 a.m. on Black Friday to get me what I want. Because nothing I want is sold in stores.

This year’s list includes Charlie Crist!

Photo: Charlie Crist
Photo: Charlie Crist

 

By Chris Ingram

With Thanksgiving past us, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas.

I only want a handful of things for Christmas, and fortunately for my loved ones, they didn’t have to fight people at the mall at 4 a.m. on Black Friday to get me what I want. Because nothing I want is sold in stores.

Here’s my hodge-podge list of what I want for Christmas.

Fix our roads. I would ask for less traffic on our area roads, but that isn’t going to happen. So instead, I am asking for a few things related to traffic that we can all do to make our roads safer and less congested.

First, I wish that everyone who feels the need to instantly respond to Tweets, texts, emails, and Facebook postings on their mobile device while driving, would put the darned things down and just drive before they rear-end someone and make some trial lawyer rich.

Second, I’m asking that people who feel the need to drive slow in the fast lane of traffic (that would be the LEFT lane!) would surrender their driver licenses and start using public transportation. I heard the legislature passed a law with penalties for violating this driver courtesy, but short of life in prison without parole, the penalty can’t possibly be enough.

Third, I want drivers to obey laws related to stopped school buses unloading/loading students (on a two-lane road, you have to stop both directions, on a divided highway only if you’re in the direction of the bus). There is nothing more reckless than blowing past a stopped school bus with its flashers on.

Fourth, I hope that motorists will “move to the right for sirens and lights” when police, fire or EMS vehicles approach them – from any direction. The few seconds you save emergency personnel responding to a call may save a life.

Moving on to my wish list related to Florida politics, I wish (Click here to read the full column in today’s Tampa Tribune.)

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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5 thoughts on “A Christmas wish list”

  1. Thanks Chris, I though I was the only one blue in the face, I would be willing to take a drivers test yearly, but the cost? And I am reluctant to say it “Rick Scott four more years”!

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  2. AJ,

    I don’t know when you sent your letter, but if it was after this year’s legislative session, you were incorrect. The legislature passed a bill related to driving in the slow lane last session and it was signed into law by the governor, becomng effective in July 2013. The statute is 316.081. I have provided a summary below and a link to a news article about it here: http://www.marcoislandflorida.com/article/20130701/NEWS0120/306290023/No-more-slows-Florida-major-roadways-left-lanes And another here: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1085129_left-lane-losers-its-time-to-pay-up–at-least-in-florida And another here: http://tbo.com/list/columns-tjackson/jackson-sure-raise-speed-limit-but-fix-passing-lane-hogs-problem-too-20131130/

    316.081 Driving on right side of roadway; exceptions.—
    (3) On a road, street, or highway having two or more lanes allowing movement in the same direction, a driver may not continue to operate a motor vehicle at any speed which is more than 10 miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit in the furthermost left-hand lane if the driver knows or reasonably should know that he or she is being overtaken in that lane from the rear by a motor vehicle traveling at a higher rate of speed. This subsection does not apply to drivers operating a vehicle that is overtaking
    another vehicle proceeding in the same direction, or is preparing for a left turn at an intersection.

    Chris

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  3. Chris,
    Well holy cow! Guess you can’t believe what’s on the official Florida government site.
    I especially enjoyed Tom Jackson’s article, as his thoughts mirror mine. Other states have the “keep right, pass left” law, which they should have passed. The driving 9 mph under the limit in the left lane doesn’t solve the problem, does it?
    Thanks, and keep up the good work.
    A. J.

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  4. Great article Chris. I agree with your list 100%. I’m teaching my son to drive, and I have to tell him to ignore what other people are doing and listen to me. Yes, sometimes you have to use the right lane to pass these idiots in the left lane that are out for a leisurely drive. One more – Turn down the volume on your radio just a bit, so that you can hear those sirens. Thanks Chris. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

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