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California Seat Belt Law

January 11, 1986

The California Highway Patrol expects an eventual 70% compliancy to the new seat belt law. I couldn't resist comparing that percentage to the number of Californians who are nonsmokers, and wondering if this is the same group of people!

What about a similar law to protect people from themselves--and others--in their use of tobacco? I recommend a $25 fine for lighting up in a restaurant. The CHP's figure of 700 lives saved from using seat belts would be far exceeded by the number of lives saved from laws regulating smoking in public.

SANDRA LIPPS

Santa Monica

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