It wasn't that long ago. Voters in Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted down a bill which would have made driving while using a cell phone a moving violation. But Massachusetts State Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) Knows what's better for you. Myself, I have over 800,000 miles on the road with a cell phone and not one crash as a result. Almost all of you won't crash as a result either, but because a small, tiny percentage of drivers have a record of distraction caused accidents while driving, Montigny wants to prevent the rest of us from being able to talk on the phone while driving.

I'll Remind you how Montigny and his Democratic pals think when it comes to making Massachusetts safer through immigration enforcement or anti-terror measures focusing on Islamic Jihadists. Despite the courts being flooded with illegal alien crimes and numerous Islamic terrorist related activity in the Bay State, they put our guards down and invite as many that can fit in, to reside in Massachusetts. Not exactly consistent with the 'safer' philosophy "No phones while driving", is it? If only phones could vote, we'd be able to use them while commuting.

The senator was recently under federal probe whose investigation abruptly ended soon after Governor Patrick had audience with President Obama. Montigny, who had a serious conflict of interest violation by calling the Probation commissioner John J. O’Brien to ask about a job for his then girlfriend Kelly Manchester, while also voting annually on O'Brien's departmental budget! This was ignored by his pal, then state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D-Medford).

  • Did the president order Federal DA Carmen Ortiz to back off as a favor to his good friend Governor Patrick in 2014?
  • Where was the state ethics commission on Montigny calling O'Brien on behalf of his girlfriend, knowing that O'Brien would be indebted to Montigny for a favorable budgeting vote on the department he headed?

So, he rightfully feels that he can flip the bird to we the powerless voters, about our ballot measure several years back to keep the right to talk on a cell phone and drive at the same time. These moving violations will be needed revenues for the senator's newest $50,000 smash n' grab.


Ken Pittman is a talk show host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9am-Noon. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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