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Seat Belt Violators Caught By Cops Wearing Night Vision Goggles
WJLA TV (Washington, DC) ^ | Thursday June 02, 2005

Posted on 06/02/2005 8:20:41 AM PDT by tgslTakoma

Edited on 06/02/2005 8:25:19 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

Rockville, Md. (AP) - Maryland State Police are using a military tool in the battle against seat belt violators.

They're using night vision goggles to find people who don't buckle up after dark. Police say 40 percent of drivers don't use their seat belts at night, making the roads much more dangerous after sunset. Police in Maryland are among 13,000 agencies nationwide that are now using the goggles.

With the goggles, Police say they can see inside cars at a distance, allowing them to nail violators who might otherwise go undetected.

The new strategy is paying off. At a seat belt enforcement operation Wednesday night on Rockville Pike, officers issued at least 44 tickets for seat belt violations.

Mod note: Associated thread.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; donutwatch; leo; nannystate; nightgoggles; nightvision; revenueenhancement; seatbelt
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On the TV news reports I watched last night, the cops were commenting on how they were watching folks way down the line in their "Click it or Ticket" roadblocks, to catch them buckling up before they got to the front of the line.
1 posted on 06/02/2005 8:20:41 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: kristinn

ping


2 posted on 06/02/2005 8:21:14 AM PDT by tgslTakoma ("tgsl" = think global, shoot local)
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To: tgslTakoma

Undoubtedly the goggles were paid for by the fines they're raking in.


3 posted on 06/02/2005 8:21:40 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: tgslTakoma

Bad policy, bad policing.


4 posted on 06/02/2005 8:22:32 AM PDT by Pondman88
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To: tgslTakoma

Why were the seat belt violators wearing night vision goggles?......


5 posted on 06/02/2005 8:22:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Goooooooogle your own name.............)
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To: tgslTakoma

I thought the title meant that the seat belt violators were wearing night vision goggles. Who writes this stuff?


6 posted on 06/02/2005 8:23:06 AM PDT by caver (In the words of that illustrious socialite twit Paris Hilton, "That's hot".)
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To: tgslTakoma

If the police have time for this, surely we can send them TDY to El Paso to help out the border patrol..


7 posted on 06/02/2005 8:23:20 AM PDT by Meldrim
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To: tgslTakoma

Let me get this straight....I can choose to end a pregnancy.....but I cannot choose whether or not I want to wear a seat belt.

Go figure


8 posted on 06/02/2005 8:23:52 AM PDT by sabatino28 (God save us all!!!)
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To: tgslTakoma

It warms my heart to see our tax dollars being spent to catch these dangerous criminals.


9 posted on 06/02/2005 8:24:26 AM PDT by ArmedNReady (Islam, the Cancer on Humanity.)
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To: mvpel

10 posted on 06/02/2005 8:25:10 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Hey.....maybe it's time for everyone to have their CITIZENSHIP stamped on their forehead.....and THESE COPS could THEN FIGURE out who's legal, and who's NOT.....ya think?


11 posted on 06/02/2005 8:25:24 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Our military......the world's HEROES!)
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To: sabatino28

only people stupider than cops are the people who give the cops the laws to enforce.

this is disgusting.


12 posted on 06/02/2005 8:25:43 AM PDT by dennis1x
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To: tgslTakoma

Yeah, they will go to the max to nail citizens not wearing seatbelts, but at the same time, refuse to apprehend illegals!


13 posted on 06/02/2005 8:26:04 AM PDT by Redleg Duke (Don't let Terri's death be in vain!)
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To: ArmedNReady

44 Tickets at $100 or so each, not bad work if you can get it.


14 posted on 06/02/2005 8:26:16 AM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: Pondman88

15 posted on 06/02/2005 8:26:25 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

What an absolute, utter waste of police resources.


16 posted on 06/02/2005 8:26:33 AM PDT by Terabitten (I have a duty as an AMERICAN, not a Republican. We can never put Party above Nation.)
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To: caver

"I thought the title meant that the seat belt violators were wearing night vision goggles. Who writes this stuff?"

Journalism majors.

The quality of spelling and grammar in reporting has gone down hill rapidly as journalism has shifted from news reporting to agenda advancing. Poor sentence structure is just a small part of it.

Also, this weekend I was watching the news and the superimposed title about a veteran's day story was printed as "Veteran's Remembered"


17 posted on 06/02/2005 8:26:35 AM PDT by flashbunny
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To: tgslTakoma

"Police say 40 percent of drivers don't use their seat belts at night, making the roads much more dangerous after sunset."

Just how does the ROAD get more dangerous when some other clown dosen't put on his belt ?


18 posted on 06/02/2005 8:26:37 AM PDT by RS (Just because they are out to get him, it doesn't mean he's not guilty.)
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To: Redleg Duke

You can't make any money with illegals, that cost money.


19 posted on 06/02/2005 8:27:55 AM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: Red Badger

Good point about the title of the story.


20 posted on 06/02/2005 8:28:16 AM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: tgslTakoma

Seat belt stops as a primary offense, in my researched opinion, are basically a new way for ploice to justify pulling over more people likely to be scofflaws in other ways. I will not understand why they do this, but people who drive without licenses, registration, insurance, under the influence, etc.. are also far less likely to be buckled up, and these other offenses can be ticketed as well on a seat-belt traffic stop and discovery.


21 posted on 06/02/2005 8:28:28 AM PDT by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: tgslTakoma
Local polic yesterday were using "spotters" who stood by the road with hidden radios, when they see a seat belt off they radio ahead so the cop can suck his prey dry.

I think using night vision or goggles is way past bordering on ridiculous. When are people going to stand together against this crap.

22 posted on 06/02/2005 8:28:43 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: RS
Just how does the ROAD get more dangerous when some other clown dosen't put on his belt ?

Let me say off the top that I wear my seatbelt religiously and thus don't really have a dog in the seatbelt legislation fight. However, I cannot for the *life* of me figure out how not wearing a seatbelt endangers anyone else's life. If someone wants to be stupid and engage in reckless behavior that only endangers themselves, go for it.

23 posted on 06/02/2005 8:28:56 AM PDT by Terabitten (I have a duty as an AMERICAN, not a Republican. We can never put Party above Nation.)
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To: tgslTakoma

I feel all warm and fuzzy knowing that the US civilian population are a testbed for advanced military grade surveillance and interdiction methods for minor offenses like not utilizing lap and shoulder restraints. Ein volk, ein reich,...


24 posted on 06/02/2005 8:29:47 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: sabatino28

I hear ya.

I don't smoke, but I believe people should be allowed to harm their bodies by smoking if they wish.

I always buckle up and make sure my passengers do so as well, but if someone in the next lane isn't buckled, that isn't going to harm me any.

I wish the government would quit protecting me from me. Protect me from something else, like murderers, terrorists, illegals, or outsourcing!


25 posted on 06/02/2005 8:30:10 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on.....)
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To: Terabitten

Mega dittoes.


26 posted on 06/02/2005 8:30:16 AM PDT by Pondman88
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To: sabatino28
Let me get this straight....I can choose to end a pregnancy.....but I cannot choose whether or not I want to wear a seat belt.

Not only that, but you have an absolute right, affirmed by the US Supreme Court, to refuse life-saving medical treatment and to take risks with respect to your own health in your workplace. Why this precident hasn't been applied to seat-belt laws, I don't know. I was going to try it in California, but moved to New Hampshire instead which is the last state with no adult seat-belt law.

27 posted on 06/02/2005 8:30:25 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: tgslTakoma
Police say 40 percent of drivers don't use their seat belts at night, making the roads much more dangerous after sunset.

Please explain to me how not wearing a seatbelt at any time makes the "roads more dangerous". The intent of the law is that the "roads" not be "more dangerous" to others, which is the only reason for the "Rules of the Road" comprehended by the states police power.

28 posted on 06/02/2005 8:30:44 AM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: 1Old Pro
When are people going to stand together against this crap.

As soon as someone declares that African-Americans are less likely to wear seatbelts than Caucasians, and thus these policies are de facto profiling. THEN we'll get this practice stopped.

29 posted on 06/02/2005 8:30:45 AM PDT by AbeKrieger (Islam is the virus that causes al-Qaeda.)
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To: eastforker

Now if we went to the PD and told them we would donate $250 for every illegal captured and returned to mexico we might see some genuine law enforcement.


30 posted on 06/02/2005 8:31:12 AM PDT by eastforker (Under Cover FReeper going dark(too much 24))
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To: tgslTakoma

Locally here in Lodi NJ, the Bacon have implimented a stop light cop. He's at a very busy intersection(maywood Avenue, Essex Street) pulls cars out of line at the light into the parking lot right there. He seems to be doing about 10 an hour. From my understanding, the State or maybe it was the Fed, granted these departments funds to do this kind of enforcement.

I wear my seatbelt everywhere, but I think this kind of enforcement is WAY over the top. We used to call the folks engaged in this kind of behavior Highway Robbers.


31 posted on 06/02/2005 8:31:42 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: AbeKrieger

Sadly, you may be correct.


32 posted on 06/02/2005 8:32:36 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Terabitten
What an absolute, utter waste of police resources.

Oh, no. That's not the case at all, unless you think that the purpose of police is to prevent crime. As a profit center, on the other hand, this is police time and money well spent...or well invested, if you prefer.

33 posted on 06/02/2005 8:32:54 AM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: Terabitten

Not at all........they are simply protecting the insurance industry and keeping the high priced injury and death claims down.....but I do wish someone would introduce legislation requiring everyone to buy my goods and services..........


34 posted on 06/02/2005 8:33:21 AM PDT by clearsight
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To: tgslTakoma
time to change my seat belt fabric...
35 posted on 06/02/2005 8:33:42 AM PDT by Rakkasan1 (The MRS wanted to go to an expensive place to eat so I took her to the gas station.)
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To: tgslTakoma

It is truly sad that police resources are being wasted on nanny statism. But since nearly every candidate presented by either major party is a nanny statist proponent of reactionary legislation and revenue enhancing initiatives, it's not a surprise.


36 posted on 06/02/2005 8:35:16 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: tgslTakoma

What a waste of tax payers money. I have noticed some police love to pretend they are in the military.


37 posted on 06/02/2005 8:35:28 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: tgslTakoma

Like there isn't enough real crime in Maryland.......


38 posted on 06/02/2005 8:36:53 AM PDT by tahotdog
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To: Terabitten
What an absolute, utter waste of police resources.

Are you kidding me? Sounds like a big time fundraiser.

39 posted on 06/02/2005 8:38:10 AM PDT by Huck (One day the lion will lay down with the lamb; Until that day comes, I want America to be the lion.)
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To: mvpel
Undoubtedly the goggles were paid for by the fines they're raking in.

Or an insurance company. Geico has a history of providing "instant-on" radar guns to some police departments.

40 posted on 06/02/2005 8:38:42 AM PDT by Charles Martel
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To: William Terrell
"Police say 40 percent of drivers don't use their seat belts at night, making the roads much more dangerous after sunset."

One suspects that there's been a rash of people who've crashed through windshields at high rates of speed, thus endangering lookers-on and other motorists. This, of course, has made the "roads much more dangerous after sunset." :)

41 posted on 06/02/2005 8:39:03 AM PDT by Reactionary
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To: Sprite518

42 posted on 06/02/2005 8:39:27 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Sprite518
What a waste of tax payers money

I doubt it. Sounds like a money maker.

43 posted on 06/02/2005 8:39:46 AM PDT by Huck (One day the lion will lay down with the lamb; Until that day comes, I want America to be the lion.)
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To: mvpel
Ok, OK.......Stop it.

All this complaining about the seat belt laws will make it much worse.

They will now try to make it a federal offense punishable by death.

This will be considered road terrorism.

Common...stop it now I tell ya.

44 posted on 06/02/2005 8:39:53 AM PDT by Radioactive (I'm on the radio..so I'm radioactive)
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To: tgslTakoma
drivers don't use their seat belts at night, making the roads much more dangerous after sunset

Could someone tell me how not using seat belt's after dark makes the roads more dangerous?? This is plan and simple back door tax collection

45 posted on 06/02/2005 8:40:10 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: tgslTakoma

>>>Police say 40 percent of drivers don't use their seat belts at night, making the roads much more dangerous after sunset. >>>

Dangerous for whom? The non-seatbelt wearers? If someone wants to take a chance with their life, why should the police be used for safety patrol? This is a joke, it's about being able to generate more revenue by seat belt tickets.


46 posted on 06/02/2005 8:40:58 AM PDT by sandbar
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To: tgslTakoma

It's legalized theft, and highway robbery. It's also lazy -- instead of spending time on patrol, they pull people over for these minor infractions and go fishing.

Where I live, there is a cop on the interstate that hides behind a bridge column and catches people speeding before they even have a chance to brake. If it was really about getting people to slow down, he'd sit out in the open. Instead, he gets one speeder out of many.

I can't even imagine it if he had night vision goggles.


47 posted on 06/02/2005 8:42:43 AM PDT by scott7278 (Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I'd like to know what we're talking about.)
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To: tgslTakoma

"You WILL respect my Auth-hor-it-tie!

48 posted on 06/02/2005 8:43:15 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Charles Martel
Geico has a history of providing "instant-on" radar guns to some police departments.

I've been looking for a reason to drop GEICO, and find another insurance company.

Thanks for the info.

49 posted on 06/02/2005 8:43:41 AM PDT by ActionNewsBill ("In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act")
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To: tgslTakoma

Meanwhile, in downtown Rockville, some woman is being raped, a small boy was just kidnapped, and drug deal #435 just ended with the transaction of $5,300 from the illegal alien to the stranger from Syria.


50 posted on 06/02/2005 8:43:42 AM PDT by Mortikhi
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