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

This petition was delivered to:

House Majority Leader RI House of Representatives
Nicholas Matiello
Minority Leader RI House of Representatives
Brian Newberry
Representative RI House of Representatives
Anastasia Williams
House Speaker RI House of Representatives
Gordon Fox
Senate President RI Senate
M. Teresa Paiva Weed
Senate Majority Leader RI Senate
Dominick Ruggerio
Senate Minority Leader RI Senate
Dennis L. Algiere
Senator RI State Senate
Joshua Miller
Rhode Island Governor
Rhode Island State Senate
Rhode Island State House

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

    1. Petition by

      Matt Allen

      United States

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.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Stephen Phillips MANHATTAN, KS
      • 2 months ago

      A seat belt once saved my life and I agree that police officers should be able to pull over and ticket any driver whose vehicle contains a person who is not wearing a safety belt.

    • david Notarianni CRANSTON, RI
      • about 1 year ago

      Personal freedom. Police do not belong peeking in windows of normal people minding their own buisness

    • maura flynn WAKEFIELD, RI
      • about 1 year ago

      It seems that each day that I arise to start the day there is a new law with a fine attached. For the love of god, stop fining people for personal choices. So the argument is that wearing seat belts saves lives. My life is NOT yours to save.

    • Brian Ogden WAUREGAN, RI
      • about 1 year ago

      I where my seat belt, but do not government telling me that I have to. Its all about the $, not safety.

    • Paul Connolly NORTH SMITHFIELD, RI
      • about 1 year ago

      I don,t think there has to be a law to regulate what you do in your own vehicle, other than obeying the speed limit or stop signs etc


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