The wife of retiring U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey was text-messaging and at nearly twice the legal limit for driving drunk when she rear-ended a car Wednesday night on Lark Street, according to a police report.
“I was texting,” Allison Lee-Hinchey, 49, of Hurley told a police officer as he questioned her about the 9:12 p.m. crash, according to the report filed in City Court. Asked if she had been drinking alcohol, she allegedly said, “I had a glass of wine” at a work function.
Perhaps Ms. Lee-Hinchey didn’t get the news that New York state banned texting while driving last year. Maybe she believes her connections might allow her to weasel her way out of it, at least until her hubby retires.
For work, Ms. Lee-Hinchey is a lobbyist. Something tells me she should join her husband in retirement. Based on her less-than-stellar driving record (an understatement), which is noted in the link, she should never, ever drive a car again.
One other thing is stupid. A federal ban on texting while driving. After all, there isn’t, and should never be, a federal drunk driving law.
Cross-posted at Scipio the Metalcon.