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  • Chop the tentacles of the federal leviathan - grants (vanity)

    01/08/2010 12:51:52 PM PST · by Still Thinking · 14 replies · 640+ views
    Posts on a number of threads at FR have correctly pointed out the damage done by many types of federal grants, dispensed with strings attached to states, and I’d been meaning to jot down some thoughts on the topic and respond. Of course, now I can’t find any of those threads, so I’ll just start one of my own. In reality, this is an issue of such importance it probably deserves its own thread. The offer of “federal funds” in exchange for the state taking some action desired by the feds is an implicit admission that it’s an issue on...
  • HPD Begins Creative Crackdown[Houston]

    11/02/2009 11:36:55 AM PST · by BGHater · 33 replies · 1,087+ views
    Click2Houston ^ | 29 Oct 2009 | Mary Benton
    HOUSTON -- The Houston Police Department launched a new creative campaign to crack down on dangerous and aggressive drivers, KPRC Local 2 reported Wednesday. The plan calls for putting plainclothes officers in different locations around the city to spot drivers who are speeding, not wearing seat belts, or changing lanes erratically. In one tactic, senior Houston Police Officer William Dodson will dress in street clothes and stand at a street corner with a sign in his hand. Some people could mistake him for a vagrant, but on closer inspection, they will see that the sign is reminding people to wear...
  • Buckle up -- or get belted with a ticket

    04/30/2009 7:39:59 PM PDT · by inflorida · 31 replies · 818+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | April 30, 2009 | Josh Hafenbrack
    The Legislature on Wednesday sent a bill to Gov. Charlie Crist that would allow police officers to pull over drivers for not wearing a seat belt. The governor said he would sign the measure into law. The law would apply to the driver and front-seat passenger but not back-seat passengers. Until now, drivers could only be given a seat-belt citation if they were pulled over for another traffic infraction, such as speeding. "Before you ever turn the key in the ignition, the belt should be buckled," said Rep. Kevin Ambler, R- Tampa, who said his life was saved by his...
  • State House members defeat open container legislation (Delaware)

    03/31/2006 1:21:52 PM PST · by Porsche060 · 4 replies · 1,443+ views
    Cape Gazette ^ | 3/31/2006 | Bridin Reynolds
    The issue of banning open containers of alcohol in vehicles was crushed in the state House March 28. Although the measure is expected to be re-introduced next week, Delaware seems on course to remain one of only 12 states without an open container restriction in place. The defeat is a new hurdle for the bill, which has easily passed in the House several years running only to be stalled each round in the Senate. “Certainly, I hope it passes in the House, but it may well hit the proverbial wall in the Senate,” said Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford, who supports...
  • MoDOT chief stays in high gear despite reversal on seat belts (Missouri Primary Seat Belt Law Dies)

    05/23/2005 3:38:50 PM PDT · by tahiti · 4 replies · 473+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch via ^ | May 23, 2005 | Shane Graber and Elisa Crouch
    Rahn wanted Missouri to follow Illinois' lead by adopting a primary seat belt law. Rahn insists such a law could save lives. Rahn thought the bill had a chance because it also would have done away with the state's motorcycle helmet law. That's right. Had the bill passed, you could be stopped for not wearing a seat belt but not for riding a motorcycle without a helmet. The bill failed.
  • Injured motorists could be liable under seatbelt bill

    02/04/2005 10:12:56 PM PST · by rwh · 26 replies · 647+ views
    Riverton Ranger ^ | 2-5-05 | Robert W. Black
    CHEYENNE (AP) — A House committee debated Thursday morning whether it should strengthen the seat belt law by allowing motorists to be held partly responsible for their crash injuries when they fail to buckle up. The measure also would allow a driver to be pulled over solely for not using a seat belt and would increase the fine for drivers from $25 to $50 and for passengers from $10 to $25. “This is a bill that’s not going to stop accidents, but it will reduce fatalities,” said the sponsor, Rep. Jerry Iekel, R-Sheridan. Under current law, authorities can only cite...
  • Die in battle, die in bed, but don't die like this.

    06/08/2004 4:43:00 PM PDT · by ExGeeEye · 262 replies · 671+ views
    Evening all…I just found out that someone was killed two weeks ago in a car wreck in California.His name was Corey; he was 28 years old; he wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle.In 1979 my family moved into the house my mother still owns. Among the neighbors, across lots (one walked through our backyard and theirs to get to their back door) are an elderly couple who have lived there all their lives, raised their children there, and frequently baby-sat two of their grandchildren. We befriended this couple and, by extension, their grandkids, who were...
  • The Nanny State Strikes Again

    12/27/2003 3:13:33 PM PST · by jimkress · 552 replies · 1,001+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/26/03 | William A. Niskanen
    <p>Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, who must have little else to do, has recently urged state governments to pass "primary" seat-belt laws, which allow police to stop and cite motorists solely for failing to wear a seat belt.</p> <p>And the Bush administration has proposed a $400 million incentive to reward state governments that pass such laws.</p>
  • 'Click it or ticket': Walter Williams warns health, safety used to justify attacks on liberty

    09/10/2003 6:55:04 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 119 replies · 420+ views ^ | Wednesday, September 10, 2003 | Walter Williams
    Imagine you're having a backyard barbeque. A cop walks in and announces, "This is a random health and safety check to see whether you've removed the skin from the chicken before you served it." Though delicious in taste, we all know that chicken skin contains considerable unhealthy fat. If you're caught serving chicken skin, the cop gets your ID and issues you a $50 ticket. If something like this were to occur, most Americans – I hope – would see such an action as ludicrous, offensive and a gross violation of our liberties. But not so fast. Let's think about...
  • 'Booze It & Lose It' Yields 1,137 DWI Arrests in Second Week, 6,469 seat belt violations

    07/09/2003 2:36:49 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 84 replies · 1,296+ views
    'Booze It & Lose It' Yields 1,137 DWI Arrests in Second Week; Lawler Family to Recall Kill Devil Hills Tragedy at Outer Banks Event 7/9/03 5:00:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor Contact: Jill Warren Lucas of the Governor's Highway Safety Program, 919-733-3083, (cell: 919-291-6729), News Advisory: What: "Booze It & Lose It" Press Event When: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 10 Where: Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer's patrol car was damaged in a hit-and-run crash caused by an impaired driver following a "Booze It & Lose It" enforcement event. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg...
  • Seat Belt Laws Save Lives, Kill Liberties

    01/27/2003 12:21:52 PM PST · by shortstop · 153 replies · 3,453+ views ^ | 1/27/03 | Bob Lonsberry
    What do you think of seatbelt laws? Are they a good idea, or a bad idea? You know the ones I mean. They vary from state to state, but they’re basically alike. If you’re driving a car, and you don’t have a seat belt on, you can get a ticket. Sometimes it’s just the driver, sometimes it’s everyone in the car. You’ve heard the sob stories. They roll out some state trooper, or a paramedic, and have him tell you a heartbreaking story about how many accident scenes he’s been to, and how it breaks his heart to see the...
  • Seat Belt Law Opposition sites

    12/28/2002 9:05:12 AM PST · by Ape_Man_Jack · 58 replies · 1,653+ views
    TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN In case you are interested, there is now a web site dedicated to seat belt law opposition which was created by someone in the Chicago area. The web site address is: In Washington state there is a group working to repeal their seat belt law. The web site address is: Another web site worth viewing (still in the composition stage) is:
  • What a crate father! (Hold My Crate of Beer Alert!)

    10/18/2002 2:12:17 AM PDT · by UKCajun · 20 replies · 216+ views
    London Metro ^ | 18 Oct 2002
    CANADIAN TRAFFIC POLICE were stunned when they pulled a dad over for letting his child climb about in his car only to find he had put a seatbelt around his crate of beer. ...'It was like this guy cared more for his precious beer bottles getting smashed than he did for his son going through the windscreen,' said traffic sergeant Cam Woolley, from Mississauga, Ontario.