Click it or Ticket it!
By Andrew Richter
Now this sure makes me feel safe;
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s “Click it or Ticket” campaign cited 10,342 motorists between May 20 and June 2. Golden Valley police issued 41 tickets for not wearing a seat belt in a motor vehicle during a two-week, statewide Department of Public Safety (DPS) campaign that ended June 2, according to a Monday release.
Oh wow! Way to catch those criminals!!! Maybe next we can go take away unlicensed dogs or hand out more parking tickets!
“With drunk, distracted and aggressive drivers on the road, everyone in the vehicle needs to be buckled up,” Donna Berger, director of the DPS traffic safety office, said in the statement. “The Click It or Ticket campaign encourages motorists to make safe, smart decisions to prevent deaths and injuries.”
Here are some figures provided by the DPS about the risks of driving without a seat belt:
- There are around 120 unbelted traffic deaths each year in Minnesota.
- In the last three years in Minnesota (2010–12), there were 852 vehicle occupant traffic deaths, of which 361 (42 percent) were not buckled up.
- Of the unbelted deaths, 84 percent were in Greater Minnesota and 42 percent were motorists ages 16–29.
Those stats require all these laws and statewide campaigns?
This year’s seat belt campaign caught fewer people than the department’s 2012 effort, which cited 12,639 motorists.
Damn, what are they going to do without that “revenue” from all of us?
Now I know I’ll get attacked here by the soccer moms for not protecting their little Johnny or Sally and by the people who think the government can do anything in the name of safety, but seriously why is it that the police spend more time going after average citizens than real criminals????