Senator Jim Webb earlier this week issued a press release asking Mayor Gray to not enforce District law that has folks driving on expired tags thrown in jail (http://webb.senate.gov/newsroom/pressreleases/2011-10-06.cfm). This really shouldn’t be of high concern to an US Senator as we have a lot of more important issues that he should be focusing on. I’m a bit cynical that he issued this letter just because of a finding by AAA. Quite frankly this letter would have been more appropriate if it came from Governor O’Donnell since it’s a matter of local laws not federal laws. The cynic in me wonders if one of his staffers or supporters had this District law enforced upon them bringing it to his attention. Anyhow, he’s the Senator from Virginia and this isn’t of his concern unless a high number of Virginians are coming into DC on expired tags…which they shouldn’t be doing because it’s illegal.
Anyhow, MPD issued a good response saying they enforce the law and give motorists some leeway. Since Senator Webb thinks he can meddle in our laws and the enforcement of them I think Mayor Gray should return a letter to our good friend asking him to work toward getting Governor O’Donnell to abolish the death penalty in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If he can pick and choose local matters to meddle in so should we. Virginia has the appalling ranking of being only behind the not-so-great state of Texas in the number of executions since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976 (http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/number-executions-state-and-region-1976). That’s an issue worthy of cross border meddling because it is a matter of life and death.
Senator Webb has served Virginia well for 5 years but our laws are our laws and folks no matter what state or District they are from shouldn’t be driving on expired tags. As MPD stated in their response the legislature creates the laws of the District so if the Senator wants it changed he needs to speak with the Council and in the mean time he should make sure that all Virginians cross the Potomac with their tags up-to-date.