By Lorra B.
Senator Marco Rubio sure is in a hurry to get places, not only politically, but on the road as well. Rubio and his wife Jeanette have received an astounding 17 traffic violations!
I understand Rubio’s need for speed. After all, having attained United States senator from state legislator in the span of ten years is pretty impressive. Now Rubio has his sights set on the 2016 Presidency. Breaking the law, however, may not be the best idea when citizens are watching your every move. If a State Legislature can’t even obey the law of the road… Surly Senator Rubio has every intention in following the law to the letter should he win the 2016 election.
Maybe Hillary Clinton, who has not driven a vehicle since 1996, may have had public opinion in mind when she decided to be chaperoned everywhere, though I believe that has backfired a bit. Though she has Secret Service protection for life as a former First Lady, it is on the citizens purse strings she travels all over the world, both politically and privately…more so than previous First Lady’s to be sure.
“The last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996,” Clinton tells the National Automotive Dealers Association in New Orleans. “I remember it very well,” she joked. “Unfortunately, so does the Secret Service, which is why I haven’t driven since then.”
Well, according to Time, she may not have driven in the U.S. since 1996 but she sure seems to have still gotten a moving violation in 2013 while in London.
“While at a ceremony in the British capital to collect an award for her diplomatic service last weekend [Oct. 16, 2013], former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was slapped with a ticket after her security detail parked her limo near the event but failed to pay the required fee for the spot. The transgression resulted in a fine that roughly equaled $125 dollars. Clinton’s Secret Service agents reportedly argued with the traffic official, but seemingly to no avail.”
The Rubio’s however, not yet in the position to be chauffeured everywhere, have been “cited for numerous infractions over the years for incidents that include speeding, driving through red lights and careless driving,” according to The New York Times. Tisk, Tisk Mr. Rubio. What kind of example are you setting?
Bill Clinton who admittedly misses driving and said in 2012 that driving was the one thing he missed most about everyday life. He is, however, grateful that Hillary is off the road. “One of the regrets I have…is that I can’t drive anymore,” say’s Hillary. “My husband thinks that’s a blessing…” Perhaps it would be a blessing if the Rubio’s took public transit so American’s might be a bit safer on the road?
Maybe I am being too hard on Rubio. After all, he only has 4 citations compared to his wife’s 13! They both agreed on four different occasions to go to remedial driving classes. I wonder what they are teaching at these schools? Maybe they either just don’t care or perhaps the Rubio’s, like many others, just can’t control themselves?
Rubio may not have as many violations as his wife but when he drove through a red light in 2011 he paid a $16 dollar fee to delay a suspension to his license. But why, then, was his traffic violation dismissed?
“Senator Rubio’s license has always been in good standing,” according to Mr. Rubio’s campaign. “This matter was resolved by the court system and at no point was the license suspended by the D.M.V.” Should it have been?
In 2012, Senator Rubio was caught running through a stop sign and ticketed.
Although Mrs. Rubio’s traffic record is clearly worse than Mr. Rubio’s, with 13 tickets and four driving classes—that were clearly of no use to her—Mr Rubio should know better. You can not expect everyone else to obey the laws yet turn your nose up at them like they do not apply to you. And don’t tell me everyone gets a ticket because I have never had one in my life. Well, not yet anyway….Hmmmmm.
By Lorra B.