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Laws do make a difference. They make a statement to people that the subject is something important. And, when an organization actively supports a proposal for changing the law, it sends a powerful message about that organization’s priorities. We in the fire service should urge the elimination of any loopholes in state laws regarding seatbelt use, both for ourselves and for the public we protect. Until we do so, it is difficult to take seriously claims that using seatbelts is our priority.
STEVE BLACKISTONE, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a Maryland attorney who directs state and local liaison activities for an agency of the federal government. Prior to his current position, he served in a variety of posts on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives, working both on the personal staffs of members of Congress and on congressional committees. Blackistone also is an active volunteer EMT/firefighter with the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad in Montgomery County, MD.