As the New Haven Register reports this morning, a bill before the State Senate would prohibit motorists from letting their "unmoving vehicles" idle for more than three minutes. There are exceptions, such as if you happen to be in a traffic jam, or need the heat or air conditioner to "ensure safety and health" of driver and passenger.
The article doesn't say which genius Senator is behind this proposal which was supposedly introduced because we don't know how much fuel we are wasting when we idle. Of course, thanks to the Democrats in the General Assembly, the price of gas in Connecticut has gone up, and our tax on it will go up again this summer. If they really want to help us save money, they could cut the gas tax.
And who will enforce this idling bill? The police? Those are the only people I see actually idling their vehicles, waiting to catch speeders. Don't the police have better things to do than pull up behind someone who ran into a donut shop and start a stopwatch?
It's a good thing for the legislature that THEY don't get fined for being idle, or they'd have to give us all our taxes back. They haven't done a single significant thing since their much lauded "Supermajority" came to power last session, and this session is no different. There is less than a month left for them to do anything meaningful... anything at all.