The most important document ever written is also what makes the USo’A the greatest nation on earth. Of course, we’re talkin’ ‘bout the Constitution. That said, you’d think the douchebags in Carson City would have paid attention in Constitutional law class…or at the very least, ninth grade history class. You’d think, but you’d be wrong.
Late last week a Senate committee voted for a bill that allows the GestaPoPo to stop motorists if they “think” they’re not wearing seat belts. Did anyone else read that story and say, “WTF?” The Fourth Amendment in the above mentioned Constitution ensures citizens' right to "be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.” This new bill seems to be contrary to that pesky Fourth Amendment. Here’s the crux of today’s biscuit…
It’s already against the law here in the Silver State to be DWB. Hell, cops can even bust you for drifting over the fog line. But to give the GestaPoPo the right to pull over a motorist ‘cause the officer thinks...maybe...possibly...he's pretty sure there might have been a violation is friggin’ crazy!
Supporters of the bill spout the usual gibberish about how the law will save lives and lower insurance liability but that’s missing the point. When you give cops the go-ahead to bust people on a “hunch,” you give them free reign to go after whomever they want, whenever they want, regardless if a crime has been committed. Will law enforcement abuse those powers? It’s hard to tell but there’s always a few bad apples in the bunch and you can bet your bottom dollar those turds are gonna float to the top. When it comes between safety and civil rights…we pick the latter every time.