FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS: Is it a state law where you are at? Do you wear seat belts when you drive?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 10, 2009 4:14 PM GMT
    I think in most states, you will be fined if you drive a car without your seat belts fastened. I always do, its such a habit, it feels strange if they aren't.
    My bf doesn't wear them.

    In Kansas the driver can be fined if the passenger in the front seat doesn't
    have their seat belts on.

    Do you wear them and whats the law where you live?

  • Timbales

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    Jul 10, 2009 5:02 PM GMT
    New York has required a seat belt for as long as I have been driving. My routine is open door, sit, close door, put key in ignition, fasten seat belt, start car. I never drive without wearing a seat belt. If I'm the passenger, my seat gets fastened as soon as I close the door.
  • hallyhallo

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    Jul 10, 2009 5:18 PM GMT
    sure. used to it in Germany and it is very reasonable to do
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    Jul 10, 2009 5:18 PM GMT
    In Mass. driving without a seatbelt is a secondary offense, so you can only be cited if you are stopped for another reason. And because we don't have it as a primary offense, Mass loses out on several millions dollars of Fed money every year.

    Mass also has the lowest seatbelt usage in the nation.

    Myself, I buckle up every time I get into a car, and if I'm driving, the care doesn't move until everyone is buckled in.

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    Jul 10, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    I won't drive more than a few yards without a seat belt. For a couple of weeks in my early twenties I thought it would make sense to wear my bicycle helmet when I drove, just to be extra safe. But the looks I got from other drivers made me stop that.
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:00 PM GMT
    Arkansas has had the law of making the driver/front passenger wear his or her seat belt; while on June 30th, the new law of making it a primary offense. Now the police can stop you for not wearing the seat belt, unlike before.
  • kinetic

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    Jul 10, 2009 6:02 PM GMT
    Here in Houston they say: Click it or ticket!
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    In ohio, they also say click it or ticket, plus here we also have to both driver and passenger have to wear seatbelts but in back seats unless its a kid they dont have to wear it. I dont always wear one but i do most of the time.
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:20 PM GMT
    Most. Def. here in Hotlanta. I won't eve go anywhere with any who does not buckle-up! Seat belt saves lives.

    Kansan why on earth would your bf not buckle up?icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:24 PM GMT
    Here is Australia we have to wear it, or get a huge fine and lose points on your licence, I nearly fell off my chair when in Hawaii the taxi driver told me that he doesn't have to wear it cause it can be used as a weapon!?!?!?! WHAT KINDA PEOPLE ARE THERE IN THIS FECKED UP WORLD????icon_mad.gif
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:25 PM GMT
    I wear a seatbelt ONLY when it's slippery out. When I see a cop coming, and if my seatbelt is on, I take mine off right away!! I do not believe that any gov't has the right to tell you to wear a seatbelt. Now if I were driving a state owned or company owned vehicle, then yes. By all means...... if that is the rule for driving THEIR motorcars then I would comply. But in a motorcar that I bought and paid for? Absolutely not. Have only been cited 4 or 5 times.

    I also don't believe that motorcyclists should be forced to wear helmets.

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    Jul 10, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    In Virginia, it is the law for the driver and all passengers to wear seatbelts. And the driver is held responsible for all the passengers to be buckled up.

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    Jul 10, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    It has been a law in Maine for as long as I can remember. I remember, at the age of five, my sister and I would remind my mom to buckle-up since she always forgot.

    I feel naked without my seat bealt on.

    I also believe it should be a law to wear a helmet when one is driving a motorcycle/bike.
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:42 PM GMT
    Quest,

    The seat belt law is not about the govt forcing it will on the masses.
    Wearing seat belts actually saves lives.

    My sister almost missed her plane because she would not buckle up. I was not going to move an inch until she buckled up. She eventually took a cab to the airport because she refused to buckle up. We didn't speak for weeks after that.
    I got out of a cab in SF because the seat belts didn't work.
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:45 PM GMT
    Whilst I agree with Keith in principal that the government ought not to have the right to force people to wear seatbelts, it is an extremely effective way to cut death/injury and therefore save money. It is also arguable that rear seat passengers especially ought to be forced to wear seatbelts since, when unbuckled, they pose an enormous risk to those in the front.
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    Jul 10, 2009 6:49 PM GMT
    I got broadsided at an intersection when a driver decided that the red light didn't apply to her. I was able to walk away from collision because I was wearing a seat belt. If I wasn't wearing one, I probably would been ejected from the vehicle.
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:08 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidQuest,

    The seat belt law is not about the govt forcing it will on the masses.
    Wearing seat belts actually saves lives.

    My sister almost missed her plane because she would not buckle up. I was not going to move an inch until she buckled up. She eventually took a cab to the airport because she refused to buckle up. We didn't speak for weeks after that.
    I got out of a cab in SF because the seat belts didn't work.


    I understand what you are saying. And I applaud your strict adhesion to the law. However, me not wearing a seatbelt poses no threat to anyone but myself.
    If I were to die in a motorcar wreck because I was not wearing a seatbelt, whom would it harm but myself?
    I don't think any govt has the right to tell anyone that they must wear a seatbelt in a vehicle that I have bought and paid for. I have been to court over my tickets many times. And will continue to have my day in court and voice my opposition.
    Thanks for your response.
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:14 PM GMT
    Quest,

    Good lord dude relax. Your life do what you do.
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
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    Ducky45 saidQuest,

    The seat belt law is not about the govt forcing it will on the masses.
    Wearing seat belts actually saves lives.

    My sister almost missed her plane because she would not buckle up. I was not going to move an inch until she buckled up. She eventually took a cab to the airport because she refused to buckle up. We didn't speak for weeks after that.
    I got out of a cab in SF because the seat belts didn't work.


    I understand what you are saying. And I applaud your strict adhesion to the law. However, me not wearing a seatbelt poses no threat to anyone but myself.
    If I were to die in a motorcar wreck because I was not wearing a seatbelt, whom would it harm but myself?
    I don't think any govt has the right to tell anyone that they must wear a seatbelt in a vehicle that I have bought and paid for. I have been to court over my tickets many times. And will continue to have my day in court and voice my opposition.
    Thanks for your response.
    Cheers,
    Keith
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    Keith, I think the argument would go, in the UK at least, that your injuries and the response required to deal with them would directly cost the tax payer money, as well as costing the wider economy money. Reducing the number of injuries and fatalities on the road makes good economic sense, essentially.

    I do agree with you that you ought to be able to disregard your personal safety if you so choose.
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    Musclequest saidme not wearing a seatbelt poses no threat to anyone but myself.
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    Not true. You could lose your seating in your car by some happenstance, and then lose control of the car, and then hit and injure/kill someone.

    Not wearing your seatbelt and shoulder restraint is not an act of civil rights, but of immaturity. I hope you live long enough to grow up. ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:19 PM GMT
    I've always thought wearing a seat belt was by far preferable to having my head go through the windshield or being thrown out of the car
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidQuest,

    Good lord dude relax. Your life do what you do.


    I am totally relaxed. Hope you didn't misunderstand my response. Wasn't meant to be flippant towards you at all. (Unlike your response to me "dude.")
    -Keith
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    Caslon11000 said
    Musclequest saidme not wearing a seatbelt poses no threat to anyone but myself.
    Cheers,
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    Not true. You could lose your seating in your car by some happenstance, and then lose control of the car, and then hit and injure/kill someone.

    Not wearing your seatbelt and shoulder restraint is not an act of civil rights, but of immaturity. I hope you live long enough to grow up. ... icon_rolleyes.gif


    By that same logic, driving while listening to music or talking to people in the car can be distracting and increases the likelihood of you causing an accident. They've already done away with cellphones in cars in Hawaii, so next they should outlaw car stereos and make passengers be gagged while the car is in motion. Also, taking one hand off the wheel should be illegal, as should driving while tired. They really need to limit the time or distance anyone can drive during the day or randomly pull people over and give them alertness tests.

    Some of that may sound crazy (although unfortunately I'm sure some of you would agree with these things), but that's what people used to think about seatbelts and cellphones. It is not the government's job to keep you safe from yourself. It is also not their job to mitigate every tiny risk in our daily lives.
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
    Caslon11000 said
    Musclequest saidme not wearing a seatbelt poses no threat to anyone but myself.
    Cheers,
    Keith
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    Not wearing your seatbelt and shoulder restraint is not an act of civil rights, but of immaturity. I hope you live long enough to grow up. ... icon_rolleyes.gif


    Wow, pretty bloody harsh there in your tone. (Not appreciated. Not in this discussion.) I don't think of it as civil disobedience. (To me that means pulling others into your cause.) I don't like being told what to do in my private life. Plain and simple.
    I don't drive recklessly nor aggressively. I pay my insurance and taxes on my vehicle. I don't feel it is required for anyone under the age of 18 to have to wear a seatbelt. (or helmut if on a motorcycle.)
    If others in my motorcar wants to wear a seatbelt, that's fine. When there are children in my motorcar I always wear a seatbelt in front of them.
    -Keith
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    Jul 10, 2009 7:38 PM GMT
    its the law in Pennsylvania to wear your seat belt and I always do.

    One of my best friends doesn't wear it and every time we get into his damn scion that shit beeps forever at him. I ask if it bothers him and he explains that he is just used to it.