Seat belt nannies
“If you think those ‘Click It or Ticket’ seat belt enforcement drives are all about your safety, give it another think. State and local law enforcement agencies have a huge financial incentive to dole out as many tickets as they possibly can — in order to qualify for the federal grant boodle dangled before their noses like a savory pork chop in front of a hungry blue tick hound.
“The more tickets they write, the more money they get — and each year, the prize gets fatter. Successful departments (those that crank out the most tickets) qualify for ever-larger handouts of taxpayer dollars — in order more thoroughly to fleece those very same taxpayers via trumpedup traffic charges that have grow ever more penny-ante as the years roll on. Literally millions of dollars are being spent [. . .] to use law enforcement as 9 millimeter-packing nannies ensuring we’re ‘buckledup for safety.’ ”
Eric Peters, writing on “Seat Belt Lashes,” Aug. 7 in the American Spectator Online at www.spectator.org