Seat belt nan­nies

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“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

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