Don’t base citations on the word of the spotter

Would it be likely that a person would be convicted of a major offense, maybe murder, based on secondhand information? This is what is being done with seat belt violations.

The citation-issuing officer is not the person actually witnessing the violation. Even if a driver has the belt on at the second location the response is, “My spotter saw you. She has 15 years on the force.”

Who’s writing the citation? Not the spotter. I don’t care how many years he or she has on the force. People get older. Sometimes they make mistakes too, visually. The person seeing the violation should be the person issuing the citation. The citation is issued totally based on the word of the spotter.

Can you imagine how many cases could be closed based on what a spotter saw?

Henry Kahula Jr.