The Star’s editorial “Time to buckle up” (3/14, Opinion) endorses a change to Missouri House Bill 90 that would allow law enforcement to stop motorists solely for failing to buckle up. The editorial claims that studies have shown changing the law would save an estimated 90 lives per year and would increase road safety without encouraging racial profiling. Does the writer believe that all drivers pulled over and interrogated for no reason make reports to the state Department of Transportation for record?
I don’t encourage drivers to disregard seat-belt laws, which logically increase the safety of passengers in most accidents, but I also don’t promote house bills that would diminish the freedom of adults to make their own decisions.
To make a difference in passenger safety in Missouri, perhaps write an editorial encouraging a bill that would seat-belt the hundreds of thousands of children who ride school buses daily.
Safety is not the real objective for the enhancement of Bill 90.