Attention Dallas area thieves, drug dealers and murderers: now through Sunday you will have ample opportunity to perform your crime of choice. Law enforcement officials in Dallas will be undergoing another revenue enhancement, i.e. seat belt check, with a special installment of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

Starting today, instead of protecting and serving, police will be doubling down on efforts to catch drivers in the act of not doing something. Folks, February is a short month and Dallas has quotas to meet. Not revenue quotas, life saving quotas.

The alleged reason for this round of Click It is to teach young drivers that buckling up is the smart thing to do. The FWST notes that of the 371 accidents in which 16-20 year old drivers were killed last year, less than 25 percent would have survived had they been wearing a seat belt.

State law requires that all drivers and passengers wear safety belts unless you are driving a motorcycle, moped, bus or train. If riding a motorcycle you can not only be seat-beat-less, but also helmet-less. Apparently the motorcycle guys have better lobbyists when it comes to personal responsibility.

At least we are consistent: just like the law itself, telegraphing when and where our police will be enforcing the law is asinine. Enjoy the police holiday criminals.

Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is the Director of Innovation for Texas Scorecard.


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