Libertarians unhappy with new state law on seatbelts

05/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Gov. Charlie Crist today signed into law today a bill that will allow police in Florida to pull over and charge motorists who do not wear a seatbelt.

Current law says police can ticket drivers who are not wearing seat belts when they’re stopped for other violations.

The bill is named the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law in memory of two young Florida women killed in separate accidents while not wearing safety belts. Slosberg's father, former state Rep. Irv Slosberg of Boca Raton, had sponsored the legislation during his years in the House.

Not everyone likes the legislation. J.J. McCurry, chair of the Libertarian Party of Florida, supports seat-belt use. He just doesn't want a law requiring it.

Also, in the past groups like the NAACP have also been critical of such laws, saying it could lead to racial profiling.

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