KFYR Radio: Fight Resumes About Compulsory ND Seat Belt Law
Thursday, January 25, 2007
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ The fight has resumed in the North Dakota Legislature about the state's seat-belt law.
In North Dakota -- drivers can't be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt unless they're pulled over for another violation. Fargo Representative Ed Gruchalla wants to change that. He says police should be able to pull over drivers if they see them driving unbelted.
Gruchalla says the change would save lives and reduce medical costs. He says people who insist on driving unbelted are piling up medical bills that the taxpayers may end up paying.
The House Transportation Committee held a hearing today on the bill. The full House will vote on it later.
Critics of the proposal say the Legislature shouldn't meddle with personal freedoms.
Dwayne Wahl of Bismarck says the seat belt law isn't about safety. He says it's about the government telling people what to do.
North Dakota's seat belt law has been a hotly contested political topic. The issue has been on the statewide ballot three times since 1989.
My biggest pet peeve is having someone tell me how they think I should live my life. I guess that's one reason I really despise doctors, but that another post. There comes a point that government has over reached it's right what to tell us what to do. The power for a Republic comes from the body politic not government fiat. Again according to Roe v. Wade we have the right to choose. North Dakotan don't let them steal your right whether or not you MUST wear a seat belt. We know that the marxists in this state think they know better than you do on how you live your life.
While I am the biggest supporter of the police, I have had police make up a reason to stop me. By making seat belt usage a primary law, it gives the police an opportunity to go fishing. While I love getting criminals out of society, it is a dangerous thing to give the police another reason to pull someone over. (now it would be different if they were profiling muslims but that's another post).
I believe this honestly violates the prohibition of illegal search and seizure that is prevented in the Fourth Amendment. As far as the medical bills keep piling up for those not wearing their seat belts, then pass a law that the state and the hospital won't pick up the bill for an injured person in that case and make it easier to seize their property if necessary, but to violate our right to privacy for a police fishing exhibition is immoral.