Originally Posted by indago
Spencer Collins wrote:
In Michigan, the seatbelt law started out as a secondary offense, where you would be ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt if you were stopped for another reason. But now, it is a primary offense, and ticketed for that reason alone.
Every law is open to abuse
especially poorly written law! I live in Michigan and I oppose the seatbelt and helmet laws and I have signed petitions to have those laws repealed. It is interesting to note that I always wear a seatbelt and when riding a motorcycle or even my pedal bike,I wear a helmet.I don't need a law when I have common sense!
Now back to the matter at hand,I have no problem with police asking a "suspect" for proof of citizanship.There must be a reason for asking for this information and yes,the law can be abused but so can our sovernty! The officer can ask for a drivers license and proof of insurence,it's not unreasonable to ask for proof of citizenship..
In my view,the accused should not have that drivers licence in the first place without proof of citizanship.Driving is a privilege granted to citizens
. Requesting this information is not only prudent,it's the officers responsibility to enforce the law.