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Offhand i don't know the financial situation in Arizona but i do know most States are in financial difficulties with some looking at bankrupcy.The Tucson Police Department is proud to announce the acceptance of a $59,500.00 grant from the Governors Office of Highway Safety.
Just can't figure out why spending tax payer's money for seat belt laws justifies even spending a penny. Unless of course the auto insurance lobby has $omething to do with it.
Being a resident, I can not see how it will be used. In Arizona not having your seatbelt on can't be used as a reason for pulling you over.
It will be interesting to see where the money is HONESTLY spent instead of supporting some false need for overtime.
I say give the money to the people that are wearing their seatbelts as sort of a lottery. One officer a day, at a certain time, will asked pull to over someone by a dispatcher for who the officer sees that all passengers and the driver are wearing a seatbelt and they will give the driver of that vehicle $250. This could happen for over 200 days with the money granted. Imagine the seatbelt usage then. Plus it would sort of give the LEO s the "right" to pull over someone and if there were any citable violations such as no insurance, or bad registration, then no $250 but no citation either.
That would sqaure away many issues. The bad guys that don't want to get pulled over will have to make that tough decision. "Do I wear it and get pulled over only to find that I have drugs or no insurance or do I not wear it so not to get pulled over to win the money and have a LP lamp out to ruin my day and get pulled over anyway?"
I bet vehicle conditions, insurance and registrations may even increase too
Imagine the fun this could cause...
Stimuli, dude, that's a Fourth Amendment lawsuit waiting to happen.
"So why, Officer, did you pull Mr. Gonzales over?"
"I pulled him over to give him $250."
"And in the course of giving him $250, you searched his vehicle and found the marijuana?"
"So instead of $250, Mr. Gonzales gets a five-year prison sentence, right?"
"All because you pulled him over with no cause, no intent to cite, nothing other than a bit of good will?"
"Your honor, I move to dismiss and sue the pants off of Arizona."
Tucson already has a pull me over sticker you can get. It says that even though the driver of the vehicle has committed no violations if it is spotted in certain areas, at certain times, it could be pulled over to check the driver against the owner. So this is just a variation on it
That's still risky legal ground. If there's marijuana or other contraband in plain view of the officer stopping the vehicle, the officer then is obligated to search the vehicle, and drug offenses aren't the type of things that would prompt and officer to say, "Hey, sorry, no $250 today, but on the bright side, I'm only going to give you a warning for that baggie of the good stuff you've got in the cupholder."
You then have an issue where a person has been arrested and charged with a crime based on a vehicle search that should, by all rights, never have been initiated anyway.
Regardless, this would never happen, so it's a moot point. The government's too busy spending our money on speed cameras, seat belt grants, Government Motors and Obamacare to ever consider something so radical as giving it back to us!