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Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6:11 am

If you get caught without a seat belt, don’t expect any leniency for the next two weeks.

The Lodi Police Department is taking part in a two-week program that mandates zero tolerance for seat belt violations until Nov. 29, according to Sgt. Chris Jacobsen. Officers are working overtime for the sole purpose of enforcing seat belt laws, and will not be issuing warnings during the zero tolerance period.

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  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:43 pm on Tue, Nov 16, 2010.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2115

    I am all in favor of a "personal responsibility Law". A law that says when you engage in reckless behavior the consequences are yours to bare, alone. So if you don't want to wear a helmet on a motorcycle, that is fine, but if there is an accident then you insurance does not have to pay it. If you put a hot cup of coffee between your legs and spill it then you can not sue the company. If you don't wear a seat belt and there is an accident then the insurance companies involved don't have to pay your bills. And, yes simply because we have been warned so many times, if you try to deep fry your frozen Turkey and it burns down your house, the insurance can opt out. If you cause an accident where alcohol is involved then insurance can opt out and leave you to pay the bills. To name a few, I'm sure everyone has behaviors they would add to the list. And if passed there would be a whole new series of hears to establish what behaviors should fall under the umbrella of personal responsibility.

    We can call this the "personal Responsibility Law" or the "if you're an Idiot Law", either works for me. The qualifier would be if it was negligence or should have known better vs. just an accident.

    Here's a few more I thought of:

    "walking" the ladder rather than getting down and moving it.
    Sticking anything that is not suppose to be, in your ear.
    Using anything in a manner of which it was not designed.
    Voting Democrat (just kidding)
    Owning an exotic animal that normally would kill you (Tigers, hyenas, chimps, Republicans, had to balance it)

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:37 pm on Tue, Nov 16, 2010.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Yes, Mr. Roberts, get your boxers/briefs in a bunch over this....most likely the City received a state or federal grant (much like the DUI checkpoints) to cover this expense. (Hey! to Lacy BTW!)

    Seat belt laws are clearly a violation of our Constitutional rights. The government needs to stop legislating adults' behavior. Child safety is another matter, but where/how do we draw the line?

    I was outraged yesterday when I heard on the news that a man who had hit and killed a boy who was on his bike, was going to sue the parents for allowing their son to ride his bike in the street without a helmet. The man was driving 83 miles per hour in a residential zone, had illegally passed the car in front of him, and had FIVE arrests and FOUR convictions for driving under the influence - needless to say, he was "under the influence" when he killed this boy.

    All of these laws create a "slippery slope." How do we determine the line between public safety and legal loophole?

  • Kurt Roberts posted at 12:53 pm on Tue, Nov 16, 2010.

    Kurt Roberts Posts: 55

    We are actually paying OVERTIME for seatbelt violation control???!!! This is crazy!! The city does NOT need to spend money frivolously like this!!! Overtime should be discouraged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:22 am on Tue, Nov 16, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I wish I had the freedom to be stupid if I want to. Government wants a nanny state, I want government to leave me alone. I lose, government wins... I say... time to find a new government.



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