Monday, November 06, 2006
Power to the Prosecutors!
Well, not exactly, but "backers" want to give police more excuses to stop people in cars: Missouri wants what Illinois has: a tougher seat belt law:
    Backers of a tougher seat belt law in Missouri are holding a pep rally next week to get psyched up for the upcoming legislative battle in Jefferson City. They're about to take another crack at a primary seat belt law.

    Police in Missouri can write a ticket for not wearing a seat belt only if the motorist was pulled over for another violation. A primary seat belt law, which has failed in the legislature every year since 2000, gives police authority to pull people over solely for not buckling up.
As a former young man who rode in motor vehicles, I understand this really isn't about giving police a pretext to stop you and check your story, since they'll do that for license plate light infractions that aren't, wow, look at that, infractious. This will, however, give them a reason to stop people and part them from some of their money.

To save a projected 90 lives a year. But that's projected, whereas the loss of freedom and the loss of citizens' money, will be real.

To say Noggle, one first must be able to say the "Nah."