To you, it’s a $20 ticket for not buckling your seat belt. To Mark French, it’s much, much more:
He says it’s about government overreach, and he says that leads to such things as Obamacare, gun control and government deciding how large a soda pop you can purchase.
“Where does it end?” French asks. “It doesn’t, there’s no end to it.”
Americans have to draw a line in the sand at some point, French says, and the seat belt ticket gave him his line.
“Why is a seat belt required to be worn to keep us safe in a car, but not on a bus?” French wrote in an email encouraging local residents to show up in the courtroom to support his cause. “Why are we allowed to rock climb, snow ski, water ski, hang glide, hunt and eat candy bars? Why is it not unlawful to refuse medical advice? Are we ready to be told by government that we cannot drink an extra large pop?”
I was more or less sympathetic toward the guy until I read this:
Traveling in the opposite direction from the east, Montana Highway Patrolman Steve Spurr testified he observed a white car with no front license plate pass him. The rear plate, Spurr said, had a protective cover that made it difficult to see the plate number. Both are traffic violations.
There’s a lot to be said in favor of subverting the system — but being clumsily obvious about it will not help.