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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.

(Via Fark.)







4 comments

  1. fillyjonk »

    13 November 2013 · 7:20 am

    “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?”

    AAAAAGH! Don’t give them any more ideas!

    I dunno. After having had students who were EMS/ambulance drivers/ER techs, I’m a little more amenable to things like seat belt laws and motorcycle helmet laws. No one likes dealing with the aftermath of accidents where no protections are used.

  2. Roy »

    13 November 2013 · 2:18 pm

    “…car with no front license plate”. “Both are traffic violations.”

    Not all states require a front plate.

    “No one likes dealing with the aftermath of accidents where no protections are used.”

    I Agree, no one likes to. However, liberty should trump “likes”. As far as I am concerned, if you are an EMT and don’t like dealing with the aftermath, then you should find another line of work.

  3. CGHill »

    13 November 2013 · 5:58 pm

    My state is one of those that does not; this has caused no consternation. Yet.

  4. McGehee »

    13 November 2013 · 8:01 pm

    I have sympathy for the emergency personnel to whom fillyjonk refers, which while not the least of the reasons why I wear my seatbelt is closer to it than to the biggest.

    But it is my choice to do so and I do not believe I am entitled to require others against their will to do as I choose to do.

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