It looks like not wearing a seat belt will soon be a primary offense here in West Virginia, meaning that the cops can stop and ticket you for that reason alone. Considering that it doesn’t generally affect the safety of others, except on rare occasions, I don’t think that it should even be a secondary offense. Understand, I’m not AGAINST wearing seatbelts; I just don’t think it’s the government’s business to be forcing us to do it. Despite the percentages being in favor of seatbelt wearers, I’ve spoken personally to several folks over the years that would NOT be alive today had their seatbelts been fastened. Two of them were truckers whose steering columns punctured completely through the backs of their seats. Needless to say, the “safety” people aren’t about to tell you about those times.
Of course, they SAY it’s all about safety, but most bureaucrats and politicians don’t give a rat’s backside about safety. All they really care about is control and money. I’ve heard that the feds are only going to give the state one million dollars for passing the bill. I think our legislators are selling our freedoms very cheaply at that price. What they’re REALLY after is that innocent sounding thing called “court costs.” Many traffic tickets in this state are only about $25. The court costs, however, are usually around $200! Now, you can’t convince me that it costs anywhere NEAR that much to process a little paperwork! If we’re going to rip off the citizenry, let’s be at least a LITTLE bit honest and call the ticket $200 and the court costs $25. Oops, that might affect which corrupt bureaucracy gets which funds; wouldn’t it?
I’ve got an idea! If it really runs that much for court costs, let’s leave the tickets at $25 and CONTRACT OUT the paper processing to a private company. I’m betting they could do it for under $50. Think of all the money that would free-up to feed the homeless! OOPS. That would mean sharing it with some OTHER corrupt bureaucracy; wouldn’t it? © 2013-