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State Senate Candidate Objects to Aggressive Seat Belt Patrol

SACRAMENTO (April 6, 1998)

After President Clinton urged states to allow police to stop drivers to see if they are buckled up, California State Senate candidate, Gerald Klaas, called the move an "absolute affront to the 4th Amendment."

Mr. Klaas said, "Under the guise of protecting us from ourselves, Mr. Clinton is trying to open a hole in protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. This proposal is an absolute affront to the 4th Amendment. Furthermore, it is extremely likely that this proposal would lead to police harassment of some citizens, leading to a court challenge under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment."

"This is just another step in the erosion of the Bill of Rights and the furthering of the Nanny-state. This proposal should be rejected by every state legislature as an overreach by the Federal Government."

"I'm sure Clinton's Arkansas State Trooper friends will be sure to harass, er- uhm-- I mean PROTECT, Paula Jones next time she visits Arkansas."

Mr. Klaas was born and raised in Sacramento. He is the Libertarian candidate for the State Senate - District 6. You will find more of his views online at

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