Nanny state bad idea of the day
Smoking bans are becoming all the rage. They have recently enacted one in Omaha, Nebraska. How are they planning to enforce this stupid law?
If you catch someone smoking in a non-smoking area in Omaha, Neb., call the police. The Omaha Police Department (OPD) is encouraging city residents to call 911 in the wake of the citywide ban on smoking that went into effect on Oct. 2.You can start the countdown to the first lawsuit against the city. Next time someone dies because they are too slow responding to an actual emergency because they are responding to an allegation of (gasp) smoking lawyers will be scrambling to litigate on the families behalf.
Teresa Negron, sergeant in charge of public information of the OPD, explained that the department encourages observers of infractions to pick up the phone to report the infraction -- just like they would for any other crime they observe being committed. "Citizens or business owners that observe a violation to the smoking ban are urged to call 911 and report the violation," Negron told Cybercast News Service."