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Petitioning House Majority Leader RI House of Representatives Nicholas Matiello and 10 others

Members of the Rhode Island General Assembly: Allow the primary seat belt law to sunset in RI

Personal safety decisions are just that, PERSONAL. Fining people for a personal decision flies in the face of basic self-determination and infringes on the ability of citizens to travel inside the state without fear of interference from law enforcement. A vast majority of individuals already use their seat belts of their own volition negating any need to keep this law.

It unfairly impacts people who are already struggling to make a living with a burdensome fine and in some cases may cause people to lose substantial parts of their income. In a state with such high unemployment and people struggling to feed their families, losing a days pay because they forgot to use a safety device is egregious. 

Law enforcement has already shown overblown zeal when enforcing this law with the "seat belt checkpoints" which created dangerous situations for drivers and law enforcement officers.

Please reject the renewal of this law in whatever form it comes to you.

Letter to
House Majority Leader RI House of Representatives Nicholas Matiello
Rhode Island State Senate
Rhode Island State House
and 8 others
Senator RI State Senate Joshua Miller
Senate Minority Leader RI Senate Dennis L. Algiere
Senate Majority Leader RI Senate Dominick Ruggerio
Senate President RI Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed
House Speaker RI House of Representatives Gordon Fox
Representative RI House of Representatives Anastasia Williams
Minority Leader RI House of Representatives Brian Newberry
Rhode Island Governor
Allow the primary seat belt law to sunset in RI.

Personal safety decisions are just that, PERSONAL. Fining people for a personal decision flies in the face of basic self-determination and infringes on the ability of citizens to travel inside the state without fear of interference from law enforcement. A vast majority of individuals already use their seat belts of their own volition negating any need to keep this law.

It unfairly impacts people who are already struggling to make a living with a burdensome fine and in some cases may cause people to lose substantial parts of their income. In a state with such high unemployment and people struggling to feed their families, losing a days pay because they forgot to use a safety device is egregious.

Law enforcement has already shown overblown zeal when enforcing this law with the "seat belt checkpoints" which created dangerous situations for drivers and law enforcement officers.

Please reject the renewal of this law in whatever form it comes to you.