Jim Shaw: Ventura, 'click it' and more
I’m baaaaack, so fasten your seat belts. Speaking of which …
- North Dakota’s “Click it or Ticket” campaign is well done. Too bad it’s not true. The fact is, you can drive your car without wearing your seat belt and not get a ticket. That’s because it’s a secondary offense, meaning you have to commit another offense to be cited for driving without a seat belt on.
Meantime, most of the fatal traffic accidents in North Dakota involve drivers or passengers not wearing seat belts. The vast majority of those deaths are preventable. In Minnesota, fatalities dropped dramatically after Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a primary seat-belt law.
If North Dakota is serious about saving lives, wearing seat belts would become a primary law.
Ventura said the suit was necessary to restore his reputation. If Ventura really wants to restore his reputation, he should donate the money to charities and Kyle’s widow.
Heck, the NFL suspends players for four games for smoking marijuana. Clearly, domestic violence is a more serious offense. The NFL had a chance to make a strong statement on this issue, and blew it. Moreover, with the way Rice played last season, I suspect the Ravens wouldn’t be upset with a longer suspension.
So much to say, so little space to say it in. See you next week.
Shaw was a reporter at WDAY-TV for 21 years, and news director at KVRR-TV (FOX News) for 14 years. He taught mass communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead for 17 years, and has hosted radio programs on KFGO. He received his Bachelor and Master degrees in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Email firstname.lastname@example.org