On March 15, the Maine Senate approved a bill to make it a primary offense for not buckling a seat belt.

Last fall, the Bureau of Highway Safety reported that in Maine, 77.2 percent of motorists use their seat belts.It’s a small wonder our state government can’t reduce taxes or provide an economic climate that would generate jobs – it doesn’t even recognize what constitutes a real problem and what doesn’t.

Maybe it can pass legislation making it a crime to leave our headlights on when our cars are parked in our driveways. That would suit the pattern of spending taxpayer money to exercise more complete control over our daily lives without significantly improving them.

John Nyberg, Auburn

Editor’s Note: The Maine House of Representatives voted down the seatbelt bill , 70-67, on March 22.

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