The recently enacted Indianapolis smoking ordinance is causing some concern for the Indianapolis Metro Police. Apparently our brilliant council representatives didn't consider all the unintended consequences. There are grumblings in the bar districts, Broad Ripple and Downtown, that all the people leaving the bar to smoke their cancer sticks are clogging the sidewalks and standing in roadways making them impassible. So now anyone who is trying to walk down a sidewalk or drive their car with the windows down, and doesn't want to go into a smoke filled bar, must pass through a smoke filled crowd on a public right of way; and that's even if they can get through the mass of people. Way to go Council! The governments great concern for our health and safety has put our health and safety at risk....that's seems to be about par for course. Smokers may be shortening their life by several years, but a speeding truck smashing a clueless smoker standing in the street shortens their life much quicker. Thanks to our Council, IMPD and every other citizen must now deal with large groups of people standing around and blocking the sidewalks, intersections and streets smoking; but it's all for our health benefit, and it looks so appealing.
I wonder how long before our Council passes another law restricting citizens from smoking their LEGAL cancer stick on a public thoroughfare? Government at it's best; solve a perceived problem by creating a real problem.