Seat belts – Should it be a choice? – Poll
Fasten you seats belts and get ready, New Jersey’s “Click It or Ticket” enforcement program has returned! You would think something so important like wearing your seat belt would have a program that ran all year long. Apparently it must be even more important to wear your seat belt this time of year though, unless of course you’re in a cab, bus or train.
In fact the topic of seat belts on trains has come up in light of the recent Amtrak derailment. Personally I think wearing a seat belt should be a personal choice and not a law. I think the “Click it or Ticket” program is nothing but a money grab disguised as a safety concern. This is a program in a state that spends way too much time trying to find ways to take our money.
When I read about towns being awarded $4000 in business grants to help pay for the additional patrols and checkpoints, I see that as spending money to make money. During last year’s campaign, 26,635 tickets were issued in New Jersey, a hike from 2013 when 26,049 tickets were issued. In addition to seat belt citations, police officers also wrote 692 child restraint and 4,363 speeding citations, and 944 DWI arrests
I wonder how much NJ legislators will be concerned with ‘Click It Or Ticket” if or when the program stops turning a profit.
Do you think we should be forced to wear seat belts? Take the poll below.