One major US city has just become the first in history to ban all minor traffic stops.

One might ask, why does this matter? Well, according to officials from Philadelphia it will prevent racial discrimination and empower marginalized communities with greater peace of mind when they drive around town because police officers won’t be targeting people “based off their race for no reason at all.”

What do you think about our new progressive legislation concerning these issues? Are they really targeted for “no reason at all”, or is it that they commit more violations?

CBS Local reported,

“I am grateful to my colleagues for voting to pass my Driving Equality bills, but more so, I am humbled by every person who told my office of the humiliation and trauma experienced in some of these traffic stops. To many people who look like me, a traffic stop is a rite of passage – we pick out cars, we determine routes, we plan our social interactions around the fact that it is likely that we will be pulled over by police. By removing the traffic stops that promote discrimination rather than public safety, City Council has made our streets safer and more equitable. With this vote, I breathe a sigh of relief that my sons and my friends’ children will grow up in a city where being pulled over is not a rite of passage but a measure of the safety of your driving and vehicle, regardless of the skin color of the driver.”

Now, let me just share my perspective on this.

I agree with not pursuing minor traffic violations such as busted headlights or a broken taillight, not wearing a seat belt, etc. Those are victimless crimes and no real crime has been committed. Sure the law may say that you must have this and that in order to drive a vehicle, but in reality, it shouldn’t be a crime that you can be fined or penalized for.

Now, that said, I think that they do become an issue when it leads to an accident. But then the question becomes, well how do you know that their busted taillight was really the fault of the accident and how can you prove that this was the case?

Well, I would say that with a measure such as this, you’ve got to adapt and people should start driving with dash cams. Because the assumption is that the police catch everyone or even the majority of people who have broken taillights, but there is no way to prove that. I see them all the time. I’ve driven with a headlight out for a while and never got pulled over for it either.

The sole reason why I agree with no minor traffic stops is because there is no victim. If there is no victim, there should be no crime.

All of that said, I do not agree that minor traffic stops are an act of racial discrimination. This is just ridiculous and an excuse.

Daniel

Daniel is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and amateur theologian. He writes about topics of politics, culture, freedom, and faith.

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  • When you don’t want to OBEY the law, or don’t want to be told what to do there is ONE excuse or another to do as you think you want to do: Use Racial discrimination to get your way! OH and let me say “THIS”; the RACE thing, well that is a CROCK and it’s a Satanic crock at that! Glad you asked me why;…BECAUSE Biblically speaking, in Genesis 9:19 KJV That VERSE “SAYS, so listen UP! It says “These are the sons of “Noah:” and of “THEM (that would be Shem Ham and Japeth=the 3 sons) was the whole Earth overspread. DID “YOU” get that! There are NO RACES, theyu were all brethren! That means we are ALL Brethren! The RACE is a MUTE and dead Issue! The ONLY reason there is a difference in each of these brothers is because of Genesis 9:20-27 KJV Go read the verses! The Devil is in the details and he will stir this world up to get it in turmoil, as he is NOW doping and because people have no Bible discernment, this is where we are at this point in time!! 1 Peter 3:18 KJV

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  • There is a reason why those “minor” things are illegal. People coming towards you with a headlight out may appear to be a motorcycle, until you hit them head-on. Someone with no brake lights can appear to be moving along, until you realize they aren’t.

    You want them to “become an issue” AFTER the fact. AFTER they lead to and accident. What is wrong with maintaining your vehicle the way it is supposed to be? If you can’t, then perhaps you shouldn’t be driving.

    • That’s exactly the way I feel. I don’t care what color you are, you are required to obey the law. To say that Blacks can’t obey the law and therefore should not be punished for it, IS AN INSULT TO BLACKS.

    • Consider this: so one tail light is out, meaning that the driver, most generally has no idea it’s out. Then the other one goes out without the drivers knowledge & guess what! No tail lights to warn other drivers there is a vehicle ahead.
      BTW, same can be applied to headlights.

      If “laws” aren’t going to be followed why call them “laws’? Clear the law books!

      • I have seen curtisy warning tickets that police can use to alert a driver of minor problems, they issue the ticket with a seven day renewal time limit, problem gets fixed, police notified and that ends it……. BUT, I have also noticed that the police think issueing these warnings are benegth them, so they do not issue them.

    • Hey, they don’t have insurance either, so why bother with upkeep on the vehicle.
      That is why you put a dash cam in your vehicle. It records the FACT THAT THEY DIDN’T HAVE TAILLIGHTS OR HEADLIGHTS. Then maybe we can get these idiots corrected.

  • BULLSHIFF!! I was a cop for over 30 years and never heard of such SHIFF! Ya screw up and ya get stopped! I made such stops and told most of them to take corrective action and not do whatever it was again. 99% never got a ticket. Only the smart ass ones got a citation.

    • Racism has become an excuse to do whatever you want without being responsible for your actions. I don’t know about Philly, but in Chicago, blacks are out of control committing crimes at a rate never before seen. In Chicago it’s now legal to have a gunfight between two gangs according to the States Attorney Kim Fox because they are mutual combatants. If you think I’m kidding google it. Over 70 rounds fired between two gangs, 1 killed, 2 or 3 seriously injured, 5 gang bangers were arrested and the States Attorney Kim Fox released those arrested without any charges.

  • this is sheer radical liberal woke brilliance……the blacks commit the majority of “minor” traffic violations even though they are a minority of the city of Philadelphia population….but since they are a minority they will NOT be arrested or prosecuted…..this will only enhance and INCREASE their traffic violations and endanger innocent citizens…..not enforcing laws on one skin color but only on other skin colors is racism and bigotry and a HATE CRIME, and it is illegal to do so.

  • “Busted headlights or a broken taillight, not wearing a seat belt,” et cetera DO cause victims. Those are NOT victimless crimes when they result in a serious injury or death. A real crime has been committed as they are a threat of serious assault. My father died of a concussion from an accident. As I understand it, he wore full restraints when driving in midget racing. Had seatbelts been common in 1954, he would have been wearing one. They are NOT a crime until the outcome is grave injury or death. Then they are criminal negligence. There is no such thing as an unpreventable accident. Negligence is involved to some degree. Do not let a jury decide you committed manslaughter.

  • Society is the victim, because little crimes inevitably lead to bigger ones; that’s just human nature, & CONGRESS proves the rule! If that certain segment of people are so embarrassed & humiliated, why not just learn to NOT repeat the behavior, so it won’t happen again? That’s what rational ADULTS do…

  • The reason police pull over a car with a blown headlamp or tail light, or worn tires, or no rear lights is for the public’s safety. When an accident occurs as a result of this vehicle deficiency, innocent people pay the price for the ignorant or uncaring car owner who operates his vehicle in an unsafe manner. If we placed legal Negligence Per Se on any driver involved in an accident with a defective safety device or vehicle, then I’d be OK with allowing the police to not enforce vehicle safety laws for blown out tail lights, blown headlights, bad windshild wipers, worn tires with no remaining tread, etc. If the State’s Legislature wishes to pass such laws so that the police will no longer need to spend time enforcing vehicle safety laws, then go for it.

  • Please report back in six months on the statistics of this experiment. I believe many many people will be disappointed in the rise in accidents.

  • That is some silly crap. No tickets sounds good. The reason is obviously to allow criminals freedom to move about freely.

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  • Written by the clueless, when a headlight is out oncoming vehicles might believe a motorcycle is approaching and they have the room to pull out to pass a stationary object. Wear do you draw the line? You know it will be pushed to the limit to see how far they can go

  • Stopping someone for a minor traffic offense has nothing to do with discriminations. One needs to drive within the law. if one is driving with faulty equipment, one should only be too happy that they are stopped and reminded to fix whatever is wrong with their vehicle. The police officer is doing his job. So if a black police officer stops a black motorist for a minor traffic violation that’s discrimination, or only when a white police officer does it? It’s reads more like an entitlement to break the law than it does discrimination.

  • When traffic accidents are reported, one of the most common things noted is the use/non-use of seat belts. A lot of deaths occur when the driver/passenger is ejected from the vehicle due to not using a seat belt. When I have ridden with some of my black friends I have noted a lot do not use seat belts. I am not saying this is common. Please my friends, black, white, or green, use your seat belts.

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    BTW: Are these “minor traffic” points still on the books as law? Then enforce them.

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