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Ok so I understand if your underage yea it probably should be a law for you to buckle up but if your a legal adult (over 18) why should you have to buckle up? Your not putting anyone else in harms way but yourself. Shouldn't it be something I decide and not the government and why are they deciding for us? The only thing I can come up with is that the people in washington have ties with insurance companies and well your worth more severely injured then dead to the insurance companies. I don't know what do you think?
I have mixed feelings about this issue. There is no doubt that the insurances companies have a pecuniary interest in our wearing of seat belts--they can give a rats ass about our safety.
In general, I think as a rule, we should err on the side of less regulation and more individual liberty. Thus, I am against laws mandating the wearing of seatbelts. Nevertheless, I do think it's sensible to wear one as a matter of practice.
The seat-belt issue is but one of many examples of the US's evolution into a Nanny State that regulates every iota of our existence. Intellectual energy should spent on determining how we can get the best results for society with the LEAST regulation and the least infringment on individual liberties ( real liberties , not the fabricated ones invented by activists to undermine our culture, safety and values). Furthermore 99% of the regulations should be reserved for State Legislatures, NOT the Federal Gov't. The Federal Gov't should follow the Constitution and truly be a limited gov't of specifically enumerated powers. Today this essential, federal mechanism is ignored, and Congress sees fit to regulate ever aspect of our lives pursuant to unconstitutional interpretations of the Commerce Clause and the 14th Amendment.
Was friends with a guy in grade school, but not so much in high school,
who by the time he was 20 was the single passenger in six car accidents, 5 of which the driver was killed and he never got injured because he was thrown from the car everytime - no seat belts. For myself I never wore them until I came to realize how important I was to myself.
"for society with the LEAST regulation and the least infringment on individual liberties "
You shouldn't have insurance. Insurance is socialism where everyone contributes to the common good. If you were to get catastrophic injuries from not wearing a seat belt, why should we pay for it with higher rates.
I live in Maine, where they have some rather inconsistent laws of this nature. On one hand, they require us to wear seatbelts, which is not a big deal to me, because I always do any way. But if you ride a motorcycle, you don't have to wear a helmet. On the other hand, children are required to wear helmets when riding bikes, scooters, etc.
I guess my ultimate fear is that as long as we have legislatures whose primary job is to pass laws, it is possible that we will legislate ourselves to death (since I highly doubt any legislature would suddenly decide that we have enough laws and go home). In that regard, I would say that if people care so little for their own safety, why not let them have the opportunity to go sailing through a windshield?
Well, it's no more idiotic than the majority of traffic laws anyway, in their punitive part. The whole system needs serious re-thinking and re-conciliation with reality...
I almost got kicked out of School in the 9th Grade for writing and entering an essay to the VFW on how un American the newly passed seat belt law was. All of the Seatbelt laws I am aware of, are of the State, which they passed due to an unfunded mandate to the States from the Federal Government. Basically, they states faced losing federal funding for Roads if they didn't pass the law.
Needless to say I have been less than a fan ever since.
As well as most if not all speed limit laws
Not sure about drunk driving, but won't be surprised if those are MADD Fed mandated, too...
I feel like most of you know where I stand on it, but I'll type it again in case some of you don't. I don't like the government being so involved in my life. The less involved they are, the better I like them. The more laws passed, the more involved they are, the less happy I am.
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