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View Poll Results: Should seatbelt laws exist?
Yes 190 62.91%
No 104 34.44%
Unsure 8 2.65%
Voters: 302. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 08-18-2012, 09:02 PM
 
Location: USA
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I'm starting this thread after a lengthy conversation with a police officer today. How do you posters feel about seatbelt laws? Personally, I feel like it gives officers too much authority. Nobody will be harmed, but yourself for not wearing a seatbelt. Shouldn't there be public awareness campaigns rather than law enforcement of the issue?
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:06 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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I went to trial over a seatbelt citation. I lost - but at least I made my point that the law is unjust.

Most everyone else in the courtroom was too intimidated to put up much of a fight.

The cop actually showed up - I did put him in a bad light - he was technically correct - but he was also being a nitpicker.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: planet octupulous is nearing earths atmosphere
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it's a way to make money nothing more,, they could give a crap about lives, it's money all the way.. here in the usvi they just up the fine for not wearing your seatbelt from $25 to $100 smackaroos.. chaching!!! i do wear mine now, not because it might save my life, but because i don't want to pay a hundred smackaroos to them
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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I went to trial over a seatbelt citation. I lost - but at least I made my point that the law is unjust.

Why do you feel the seatbelt law is "unjust"?
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:18 PM
 
Location: USA
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Why do you feel the seatbelt law is "unjust"?
Because you are doing no harm to anybody else by not wearing a seatbelt.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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As a former firefighter/EMT i'm fully behind seatbelt laws and their enforcement.

If you've ever had to pick up body parts off of a road, you would understand.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Because you are doing no harm to anybody else by not wearing a seatbelt.
I can agree with you to a point.

If you are involved in an accident and not wearing a seatbelt, your medical cost can be higher - and if you have insurance their payout is higher - and the more insurance companies pay out, it can impact the premiums others pay and cause the premiums can go up.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:21 PM
 
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As a former firefighter/EMT i'm fully behind seatbelt laws and their enforcement.

If you've ever had to pick up body parts off of a road, you would understand.
Should we outlaw motorcycles as well?
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:22 PM
 
Location: USA
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I can agree with you to a point.

If you are involved in an accident and not wearing a seatbelt, your medical cost can be higher - and if you have insurance their payout is higher - and the more insurance companies pay out, it can impact the premiums others pay and cause the premiums can go up.
Very valid point. The insurance companies could just choose to raise your rates however if it is found that you were in an accident without a seatbelt.

And again, is legal enforcement the answer?
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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Why do you feel the seatbelt law is "unjust"?
A young girl(she was 5 years old) died here in Southern California several years ago in a car fire. She burned to death. The culprit that prevented her from being saved was a child seat that she could not be freed from.

Does that explain my opposition to seatbelt laws?
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