Secondary law

Published: Friday, January 21, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 10:42 p.m.
It's great that the paper is so concerned about our welfare ("Yes on seat belts," Jan. 4), but sometimes the law of unintended consequences needs to be considered.
Do more laws always have the effect that we want? Once the seat belt laws are made primary, there is no longer a need for an officer to show probable cause when pulling us over. Besides, I bet most citizens would be happy if law enforcement concentrated on getting some of the folks intent on running every red light in town, rather than stopping people for not having a seat belt on.
Sure, seat belts save lives, but not driving at all would save even more lives. I just wonder, in this day and age, if we need more scrutiny, yet another reason for John Law to pull you over when most of us would be happy if he'd just take care of slowing people down in residential areas.
Do you remember when the police cars used to say: "To protect and serve." Keep seat belt laws secondary and buckle up folks! The Sun really cares!
Dean Jordan, Gainesville

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