In New York, the State Troopers run these Click Or Ticket seat belt enforcement blitzes a few times per year. The campaigns coincide with major holiday weekends for maximum fundraising effect. Last week, I read this Click It or Ticket campaign wraps up – YNN, Your News Now on my local news site.1,600 seat belt tickets, 1,200 speeding tickets, and 60 DWI arrests. Do you realize know how much money the state and towns made off all those tickets? You have the cost of the ticket plus you get dinged with court costs on top of it. What a bunch of hooey.
Speeding, okay if you’re going over the speed limit you could be putting other lives in danger. DWI, definitely get them selfish idiots off the road. Seat belts, come on! You’re not hurting anyone but yourself by not wearing a seat belt. That’s always been my bone of contention with seat belt laws. If I want to be an idiot and not use proper safety gear, what is it of anyone business but my own? Here is what always irked me; Who is the state to force me to wear a seat belt on one hand, yet on the other let me buy cigarettes so long as they get their cut in taxes? If the state was really out for it’s citizen’s good cigarettes and alcohol would be banned.
It infuriates me because there is lots of money to be made by putting BS laws on the books and ticketing people for not following them. That’s what seat belt laws are all about. It’s not about keeping citizens safe it’s simply about making money for the state. Nothing more, nothing less.