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Tougher NC truck bed restrictions returns to committee

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RALEIGH -- A bill to raise the minimum age to ride in the open bed of a pickup truck will get some work after a charged floor debate. The House agreed Thursday to refer to another committee the bill that would prohibit children under 16 from riding in the cargo area. Current law allows kids as young as 12 to ride in the back, with several exceptions. The bill removes one exemption for people who live in more rural counties. Democratic Rep. Ronnie Sutton of Robeson County complained that many rural families in his district still need to use the cargo area to ferry their kids, with adult supervision. The bill would fine drivers $25, assess driver's license points and could increase automobile insurance rates. The measure has yet to be heard in the Senate. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Have a better question....WHY aren't our elected officials working on the REAL problems in this state instead of this type of stupid stuff!

Working

Because the real stuff is what puts money in their pockets.

You gotta be kidding me!

People haul their kids in the back of a pickup? That is insane! If you can't afford a car to haul your spawn around, Then you can't afford to be having babies

Not Kidding

I have a pickup. We have a cap on the back of it and yes, we do haul kids in the back of it at times. When my son's friends all come over and decide to go to the beach, 1 vehicle can take all of them. this is better than taking 3 cars with the price of gas not to mention finding parking places for all the cars. I don't know why you have to be so nasty when it comes to hauling "spawn" around and affording to have babies, but there is more to it than that.

Kids in pickups

What you fail to realize is that the bill, as written, would have banned a farmer with his kids from driving fifty yards on a rural highway as he went from one of his fields to another, across the road. When it's time to top the tobacco, the whole family pitches in. I know that Wilmingtonians love to think of themselves as oh-so-cool, cosmopolitan jet setters, but get fifteen minutes outside any city in North Carolina and you will see that this state is STILL an agrarian state, with the majority of the land dedicated to feeding you. The needs of farmers and rural families need to be addressed in this bill.