With every tax, fee, law or regulation, the government gets stronger and the people get weaker.
This is precisely what is taking place in changing the seat belt law from a secondary offense to a primary offense.
According to state Sen. Corey Palumbo, making the non-use of a seat belt a primary offense could save up to 14 lives a year. The key word is "could."
There may be no lives saved, but actually have the opposite effect in taking a life or lives.
Ever notice there's never a news report saying a person was killed in an accident and the cause of death was a seat belt?
With all the problems this state faces, I'm outraged the Legislature ignores or trivializes important things like illegal drug usage, drug-related crime, education, falling tax revenue, etc., and concentrates on seat belt usage - something that is not a real problem.
When a person pays for something, it belongs to him and he has the right to use it without unreasonable restrictions.
How do judges rule the use of a highway, paid for by drivers, constitutes a privilege and the state can force motorists to use a seat belt while on the highway?
It's my right (not a privilege) not to use a seat belt. I paid for the highway.
Big men concentrate on big problems. Little men concentrate on little problems.
Remember this during the next election.