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Click it or ticket?


Last Edited: June 1, 2005, 12:40 pm

On my way to get my lottery tickets this morning I had to run a gauntlet of 8 police cars and safety cones that merged four lane traffic on a busy street into two lanes.

The objective, you ask?  Not to look for the bad guys, it was to see if you were wearing your seat belt.

What a sad misdirection of law enforcement efforts.  If this is where the priorities lie in our nation, we are doomed.  Big Brother wants you to wear your seat belt and it requires 8 cars, 12 cops and a checkpoint to go through to ensure that you are doing so.

While we have terrorists threatening our country with nuclear, biological and chemical warfare it seems to be more important to bust Granny for not wearing her seat belt.

What a disgraceful shame and total waste of our resources.  I don't know who dreams up these priorities.  This is a sad commentary of our times.  Seat belts have become more important than violent crime.  I say this because two-thirds of our town's available law enforcement is tied up right now doing seat belt searches.  If I was a criminal, I would commit my crime right now.

By the way I always wear my seat belt and encourage all others to do so.  Not for Big Brother, but for your own safety.

Homeland Security???  I don't think so. 

The multitudinous use of the word "freedom" for other countries by our leaders  doesn't seem to apply to Americans.

"We serve and protect" has become a whole new concept for our local law enforcement agencies.  "We hassle, fine and jail" might be a better slogan for their cars.

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KonformthismfsComment by Konformthismfs - June 1, 2005, 2:51 pm
I agree 100%... Were being shaped into nice little sheep more and more everyday! Not sure what the fine is were at, but here it's $380 first offense and almost $900 second offense. 100 first offense tickets that day would bring in $38 G's...Not bad for a days work. We'll nab them criminals later! And i'd like to add that although you prefer to wear your belt everytime, i prefer to have the choice of wearing it when i want to. That's my view of Freedom!
SirMetroComment by SirMetro - June 1, 2005, 5:39 pm
Gee...and I thought GA was bad $70 per hit for the clicket/ticket deal.
Rick GComment by Rick G - June 1, 2005, 5:49 pm
I only got used to wearing seat belts because I have a couple kids and it got me into the habit. I now like it because it gives me more stability when driving.
However, the point you made about generating money in fines is the crux of the matter. This "We're doing this for your own good" kind of law (such as prostitution and gambling) is totally bogus and just another attempt at entering our cars, trunks and personal lives. When they don't find anything they can still go to the the station house with thousands of dollars in fines paid for by people who can least afford it.
...and freedom is a lost word since our infamous "Patriot Act".
I am not a terrorist and feel my rights as a bona fide US citizen (whose family settled in this country in 1675) infringed upon in the name of the "War on Terror". How far are we going to let this go as "free" citizens of the United States before people rise up against these infringements of our "rights"? Now I gotta take my shoes off at the airport? Well I will be making a point of wearing the dirtiest skunk socks I can find for my next flight.
Watch for the civil war that is sure to happen under the current laws. There was a Revolutionary War fought in this country because of the same premises. There is no freedom of religion, there is no separation of church and state, and the taxation system is the worst in the world. We used to bitch about double taxation but now we're being taxed 10 times on the same dollar.
The next time I hear the word "freedom" preached by a politician I'm going to puke my guts out.
Comment by Maryland - June 1, 2005, 7:42 pm
In my 50+ years I've seen our freedom slowly diminishing and it is quite sad. We fight for other countries freedoms while we lose our own. And on the lottery end of this, when I buy a MM ticket it says for the benefit of our stadium not our schools.
ToddComment by Todd - June 2, 2005, 1:08 am
UGH!!!! That seat belt law is as bad as the cell phone law. If they're REALLY looking to stop accidents, they should outlaw radios in cars, since people being distracted with changing the radio settings causes more accidents than all other forms of distraction. The government should BUTT-OUT.
Rick GComment by Rick G - June 2, 2005, 11:30 am
Todd, your comment "BUTT-OUT" brings to mind another distraction while driving...smoking. But the boys at the top are working on that one as well. You can't smoke in public places, you can't smoke within a certain distance from your emplyers front door, you can't smoke in an outdoor stadium, you can't smoke in a restaurant or bar and a new one they are pushing is that you can't smoke in a car with children in it (and the next one will be smoking in your home with children in it) I personally do not smoke in my house or car with any non-smoker in it out of respect, but when they make that a law they are pretty much allowing the police to freely enter your home to make sure the law is not being broken and forcing smokers into designated open fields in the countryside to grab a smoke. And then the final step will be prohibition of tobacco...so we can set up a whole new way for the bad guys to make money. BUTT-OUT of our business is right. It is not the government's concern to make laws that are for "our own benefit".
Like I said before, WE are not the bad guys....it's time to concentrate on the real bad guys who would like to annihilate our civilization in their quest for 70 virgins. Leave Granny and the rest of us alone.
four4meComment by four4me - June 2, 2005, 8:26 pm
while i don't like a lot of laws this country has put into effect in the last few years. This click it or ticket law is running a commercial on tv and radio. So apparently is is a state by state law now. The other night this law took 4 dwi's and 3 drugs and a couple wanted fellons off the streets here in maryland, just in one part of town. So while you might think it's taking away from crime and grime it actually captures all sorts of offenders in the process.
I never liked wearing seat belts, then they made the law that said kids had to be buckled up so in order to get them to keep the belts on and stay seated i started wearing them. Now i buckle up every time i get in the vehicle.
LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - June 2, 2005, 9:34 pm
its all about how much money they can bring in for the offenses,bottom line its all about the money.if they couldn't make a fine out of it they could care less if you had a seat belt out on.

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