States mull seat belt law changes to be eligible for millions in federal moneySubmitted by JeffD on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 11:31
Feb 4, 6:33 AM (ET)
By STEPHEN MAJORS
.....More than a dozen states that are considering making the switch to primary seat-belt enforcement laws need to do so before July to be eligible for millions in federal money.
.....Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia already have primary seat-belt enforcement laws, meaning police can stop a vehicle for a seat belt violation, even if this is the only violation the officers notice.
....some lawmakers are hesitant to hand police more authority to stop motorists, believing that would lead to violations of Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure
....In addition to Ohio, the other states considering the change are Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Nebraska and New Hampshire.
....Sen. Hank Wilkins IV, of Pine Bluff, has said he will introduce a separate bill requiring some law enforcement agencies to collect data on motorists pulled over for not wearing a belt.
In it's entirety - http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090204/D964NSAG0.html
Another example of "coercion" by the federal government.
As more states see a budget shortfall there will be more fee increases,laws and enforcement of them,to generate revenue.
That's what this is all about -money.
Living in ohio,I was lead to believe that wearing your seat belt was the law.There are signs posted stating "buckle up it's the law".According to this article it's not the law,you have to commit another violation to get ticketed for not wearing your belt.
The government hides behind the quote "saving lives" when in all actuality they want revenue and control.
These people have way too much time on their hands.