HB 90 would save lives by allowing police officers to enforce the state’s under-observed seatbelt law as a “primary” offense — just like most other traffic violations. The bill is opposed by some state legislators, who say that it “gives police power the biggest expansion in Missouri history” — and that it would worsen the problem of racial profiling by police officers.
Rep. Robin Wright-Jones, the chair of the legislative Black Caucus, understands and opposes racial profiling, but disagrees with HB 90’s disingenuous opponents.
"Seat belts save lives. They don’t cause racial profiling," Wright-Jones is quoted by the media as telling her colleagues.
She’s right, of course.