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Buckle Off: Argument Against Seatbelt Laws

The government has no right to make laws mandating the use of a seatbelt.

You and a friend are driving along the highway having a perfectly normal day. You are obeying most traffic laws and safety regulations. This means you are staying at or under the speed limit, and you are not driving like there is a swarm of killer bees in your car. Your friend is wearing his seatbelt, but you are not. It is a sad truth, but not everyone likes to go the speed limit. Your legal speed annoys the driver of the tractor trailer following you. The driver attempts to overtake you, but while you are neck and neck, a mighty gust of wind sweeps the trailer into the side of your car and knocks you over an embankment. Your car goes rolling down the side of the hill, ejecting you through the already broken windshield and sending you flying through the air until you hit the ground at a horrifying speed. Your friend, whose seatbelt has kept him restrained in the vehicle, finds himself still inside the car, which is now wrapped around a tree. The car is on fire and your friend is stuck in it because his seatbelt will not unbuckle. Your friend perishes because he was obeying the law, and you walk away from the accident with some broken bones and a sore neck.

This scenario might sound a little out of the ordinary. Fatal vehicle accidents reported in the news usually end their report with “the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.” While it has been proven over and over again that safety belts do save lives, there is also numerous evidence that suggests seatbelts can be dangerous in certain types of crashes. But whether they are a life saver or a cause of death, forty nine states have mandatory

seat belt laws, meaning a person can be fined for not buckling up (Seidman). At first, these laws seem to make a lot of sense. If it is going to save lives, why not make seatbelts mandatory? But when analyzed a little more closely, one realizes that these laws are an infringement on our independent liberties provided to us in the United States Constitution.

There is no arguing that seatbelts have saved plenty of lives. It has been tested, documented, and retested thousands of times in plenty of different studies, some sponsored by the government and others by vehicle manufacturers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2004, 31,693 occupants of passenger vehicles were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Of the 29,510 passenger vehicle occupant fatalities for which restraint use was known, an estimated 16,364 (55%) were unrestrained (NHTSA 2006). However, this statistic does not prove what it is implying. While fifty-five percent of the people who died in a car accident were not wearing seatbelts, it can not be proven that if they had been wearing one, they would have lived. After all, the reverse of this statistic, which is true, completely changes its connotation: Forty-five percent of the people killed in a car accident in 2004 were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

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  1. EdRoberts

    On March 21, 2008 at 7:52 pm


    Obviously, the author has already been in a severe automobile accident and is not yet recovered from his serious head injuries.

    Why make stupid arguments that it is safer to not wear a seatbelt?

    Just have the courage to argue that you should have the RIGHT in a free country to be as stupid as you wish and not wear your seatbelt if you so desire. In that, I would agree with you.

  2. anonymous

    On June 21, 2008 at 2:15 pm


    Although your argument is valid, and makes some good points, it has some serious flaws, like the scenario you opened with.
    First of all, you’ve been watching too many Hollywood movies. Contrary to popular belief, cars do not burst into flame every time they crash into something. Secondly, if there were enough trees around for the car to crash into, it’s a wonder that the person flying out of the car head-first through the windshield wasn’t thrown into a tree, and walked away with remarkably few wounds.
    get a reality check, bud. This scenario is close to impossible without divine intervention

  3. midwesterner

    On August 28, 2008 at 10:26 am


    Good article. It’s funny how proponents of seatbelts never admit that some accidents are deadlier if they driver is wearing a seatbelt. Not most, but some. It is a dumb law and the way primary enforcement came to be makes a travesty out of the democratic process. Federal agency blackmails states to make law or lose funding.

  4. Wasn't wearing one..

    On November 18, 2008 at 10:18 am


    I was in a car accident 5 years ago.. and I am lucky to be alive. I was not wearing a seat belt.. and was ejected from the car. My face was ripped apart from ear to ear…and I suffered from internal bleeding.. fractured skull, broken jaw and several other bones. My 2 sisters were in the exact same accident but were both wearing their seatbelts and DIDNT even have a scratch on them. The car flipped 5 times down an embankment. I think it should be mandatory to wear seatbelts. Whoever wrote this article sounds like a moron. While every accident is different.. we don’t get to pick and choose what kind of accident or how bad it will be. I know that if I had been wearing my seat belt..I would have suffered minor injuries. and if my niece had been wearing a seat belt.. she wouldn’t have been ejected from the car.. to have her head decapitated by hitting a tree stump between the eyes. and my mom wouldn’t have been ejected from the car…and she’d also be alive today.

  5. Roy

    On December 2, 2008 at 1:11 pm


    what a good article. did like it.

  6. BIlly

    On December 10, 2008 at 8:22 am


    Very good article, gave great points and the statistics!

  7. Noel and kory

    On March 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm


    It is unsafe to swim in the ocean without a life jacket and unsafe to ride a bike without a helmet although it should be our desicion to wear life jackets, helmets, safety belts, etc.

  8. Ethan Vaughn

    On April 28, 2009 at 11:57 am


    Are seat belts a good idea? Sure. But making a law, ie. using the police power, to enforce a “good idea” or to enforce how a person “ought” to live is the very definition of political corruption. The whole point of our republic is to do away with such tyranny. It might seem trivial to use these words and ideas when talking about such simple things as traffic laws, but on these seemingly small matters hinge the direction of our republic; to continue down this destructive path and join the rest of the world in factional bad government, or to realize our awful state and repeal these unjust, illicit, and immoral laws. In all these matters we must ask ourselves this question, “Do I have the right as a private individual to force other individuals to do this thing?” If the answer is “no”, then we, the collective self-governed, do not have the right to pass laws that force the individual. We must relearn and remember that the only justified use of force is to defend against those who have already initiated force against us. Pre-emptive law is a corrupt and illicit use of force. Besides, law cannot make us safe. Imagining that a person is a criminal because he is not wearing a seat belt will not make him safe, nor does it make him a criminal. He will wear his seat belt when he is educated to wear it, and then, it will be his choice, freely made.

  9. curt

    On May 4, 2009 at 10:18 pm


    I have received a texas, no seatbelt ticket. Everyone knows that texas is extorting money when they charge 145.00 fine, for something they do not have the right to do. Just as the communist manefesto has said. One day americans would wake up, and all their rights will have been amended away. I urge true patriots everywhere to rise up, and take your country back. When i complained that texas highway patrol, was commiting treason, the district attorney laughed. These people in law enforcement, are the same ones who looked the other way, while people from enron, thousand trails, winn dixie, damson oil and many other corporations stole from small shareholders.

  10. vivereque

    On May 5, 2009 at 9:30 am


    Obviously a thought-provoking article. Wasn’t, I am sorry to hear about your experience. Freedom implies the right to make poor choices for oneself. The state should not legislate mandatory seatbelts for adults.

  11. Why should I have to..

    On May 14, 2009 at 3:41 pm


    I was in an accident 10 years ago. I hit a telephone pole at 50 mph. The pole cut the front left tire, hub shocks etc. off of the truck. It pushed the steering wheel; dashboard and brake pedal though the driver’s seat. Everyone at the scene stated that I would have NOT survived if I had been wearing my seat belt. Maybe this is rare case but my point is that we should be able to decide if it does not affect anyone else.
    Should I be able to ride my motorcycle since it is safer to drive my car?
    I am going on vacation next week. Should drive my car since it is safer to fly?
    If I do drive, why should I have to wear something that would have killed me in the past?

  12. Jonathan

    On May 23, 2009 at 8:25 pm


    True, seat belts increase safety. But so does maintaining an ideal body weight. A person is more likely to live longer if they eat properly and exercise daily. However, we don’t have a ban on potato chips and mandatory sit-ups each day. If the justification for seat belts is that it’s for your own health and safety, it’s only a little farther down the slippery slope to regulate lifestyle choices.

    Fundamentally, though, the premise that “society” is responsible for the costs of each individual’s personal choices is socialistic. If we go that way, there will be no limit to the Nanny State. Do we want government officials inspecting our cupboards and refrigerators for “dangerous” foods? Or checking our cholesterol and waistlines? No? Then seat belt laws and the like must be rescinded — no matter how much we may instinctively wish to promote our neighbor’s well-being. That’s his business — not yours and certainly Not the government’s.

    My belief is that it’s up to you to make your own decisions. The government shouldn’t be forcing anyone to do anything for their own good. It’s true, that in many cases, you are safer with a belt on. However, there is ample proof that in certain accidents, people were more seriously injured or killed only because of their seat belt. Mandatory seat belt law proponents occasionally acknowledge that some people do die because of seat belts, but those fatalities are instantly dismissed as “insignificant.”

    There is ample proof, that in certain accidents, people have survived only because a seat belt was not used — injured, perhaps, but not dead. In 30% of fatal accidents, where a person is ejected from the vehicle, the person remaining in the vehicle is the fatality.

    In a free society, if a person is injured or killed because they freely chooses to use or not use a seat belt, that is a personal tragedy, as it is with all other kinds of freely chosen risks in life. However, if a person is injured or killed because the government forced that person to use a certain device against their will, that is an unacceptable tragedy. Whether it is mandatory seat belt laws or any other “protect us from ourselves” regulation, this isn’t a legitimate function of government.

  13. John

    On May 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm


    To #2 annonymous.

    You are absolutley wrong, I was in an accident where the car flipped end over end five times at 65 miles an hour. I (not being belted in) was thrown thru the drivers window (Still rolled up) on the first flip. I was uninjured accept for a few cuts. The passenger (Who was belted in the right front seat) stayed with the vehicle thru all 5 flips and was severly injured do the the crushing blows and severe damage to the passenger side vehicle.

    You don’t watch much TV do you. There have been several car chases on live TV IE: Cops, Most Amazing Videos. were the vehicle rolls several times and people are ejected from the vehicle and they get up and run from the police! Now how can this happen? They were not wearing their seatbelts OMG! They should have ben killed. At least that’s what the government would have you believe.

    Look I ran Rescue in one of the largest cities in america, I have seen it both ways, people who told died because they were wearing their belt and people who lived that were not wearing a belt.

    I don’t believe the statistics, if the vehicle accident is severe enough your chances are 50/50 it does not matter, belt or no belt.

    I personaly have witnessed officers attributing the cause of death as “Not Belt In” when the people were crushed in the vehicle. It would not have mattered either way.

    And I have seen the opposite, there was no mention of the fact the people were Belted up when they died.

    I also agree that it is stupid not to wear a seatbelt, but the constitution does not provide the government the right to stop stupid acts that only effect the lone individual.

  14. Roxanne

    On November 19, 2009 at 12:05 am


    In the article, it states that of fatal accidents in which the seatbelt usage was known, 55% were not wearing a seatbelt, and 45% were. Since no one can ever know how many of that 55% would have lived if they had been wearing a seatbelt, I would think that it should be obvious based solely on this data that out of the people who died, NEARLY HALF were wearing their belt. To me, this means that if you are meant to die in an accident, you are going to die whether you are wearing a seatbelt or not.
    The thing that is scary to me is that seatbelts can cause death in an accident, or they can save you, but since no one can know prior to the accident which situation will apply, people automatically assume that they will save you and that not wearing one is stupid. The same logic applies in reverse. Since wearing a seatbelt can kill you, and you cannot know before hand if it will or not, then … Well you have to make a choice, which risk are you willing to take, you can be wrong no matter what you choose, or you can be right. Ultimately, whether you die or not is up to a higher power no matter what you decide.
    Just my two cents.

  15. Barnabus Collins

    On January 7, 2010 at 4:20 pm


    @Roxanne You make a valid argument but you lost me when you started talking about being meant to die and it being up to a higher power. I hate when people make good points and then completely destroy their own arguments\’ validity when they start referring to an imaginary skyperson.

    My two cents.

  16. JohnThompson

    On January 15, 2010 at 1:56 am


    ^ ^ ^
    Haha your name is Barnabus LMAO ROLF!!!!

  17. Ericka

    On January 19, 2010 at 10:32 pm


    well this a good article and it makes alot of sense and im am doing a paper on it too so i have too have good point too lol…

  18. Zee

    On January 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm


    The only reason I would ever support anti-seat belt laws is for the same reason I support taking the warning labels off everything. Let’s clean up the gene pool, boys and girls, by removing the fools from it.

  19. cbeck

    On May 13, 2010 at 10:00 am


    youre an idiot…i had a car wreck last october and my boyfriend’s best friend was in the backseat WITHOUT his seatbelt on. i hit a bridge and i was only going 40 mph…my boyfriend and i walked away unharmed…his best friend was in the hospital for a month and out of school for two months simply bc he did not wear his seatbelt that ONE time. he was in a coma for 2 weeks. he wasnt thrown from the car or anything. he was shook around in the backseat. if he would have had his seatbelt on that night i would not have had to watch an ambulance take him away. so i am extremely thankful for seatbelt laws because otherwise i would not have had a seatbelt on either. get facts before you just ramble on about crap you dont know about

  20. Mike

    On May 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm


    i always wear a seatbelt. i\’m also against a primary seatbelt law. it should be up to the individual to choose. simple as that. there\’s no need for statistics or personal horror stories. evidence strongly shows that wearing seatbelts is much safer than not wearing one. if someone wants to chance it and not wear one, that should be their choice.

  21. O.I

    On May 29, 2010 at 5:06 am


    Roxanne: That’s not how math works.

    Look up how many people wear seatbelts: 80 to 90%.
    Look at how many people died according to this article: 55% weren’t wearing seatbelts.

    Lets say there are 1000 people in accidents.
    Lets say there are 100 deaths.

    Of the people in accidents:
    150 people weren’t wearing seatbelts.
    850 were.

    Of the people who died:
    55 people weren’t wearing seatbelts.
    45 were.

    In other words 1 in 3 people who weren’t died.
    Only 1 in 17 who were died.

    Summary, you’re about 6 times more likely to die if you don’t wear a seatbelt. It’s not 50:50.

  22. Michael

    On June 1, 2010 at 10:56 am


    it’s always 50/50 on this. if you want, i can introduce you to the girl who wore a seat belt in the back seat when her car was hit by a truck. she can’t walk anymore because the seat belt broke her spine. the government has no right to tell us whether or not we have to use something that just “protects” us sometimes.

  23. TP

    On June 5, 2010 at 2:14 am


    To justify your argument against seatbelt laws with a ridiculously uncommon situation such as a car catching fire and an occupant being trapped by his/her seatbelt is absurd. I agree that there will be vehicle accidents where the use of the seatbelt was the culprit causing injury/death, but just exactly how often does this situation occur opposed to situations where the usage of the seatbelt saved the occupants life? If less people wore their seatbelts, vehicular deaths would rise; it’s that simple.

    Make your argument against this law based on your constitutionally given freedoms and liberties, and not off of some situation that is likely to happen to 1 out of every 10,000,000 people born.

    @O.I. – Thank you very much for your explanation of mathematical odds. It’s idiotic to think and argue that the percentage of seatbelts saving lives is a coin toss.

  24. byron c

    On June 6, 2010 at 12:15 am


    Although I did not finish the article I have to say that I agree with no seat belt laws. I have been in a serious car accident where I was not wearing my seatbelt and you know what? It saved my life! If I was wearing a seat belt I would not be here today. Fact. As my buddy lost control of his car we spun out of control through a fence and into a ditch I was thrown into the back seat. A fence post came through the windshield and went through the passenger’s seat (where I was sitting) and would have gone through my upper chest. Had I have been wearing a seat belt I would have been impaled. A seat belt would have been the end. I wound up with a concussion, a few scrapes and bruises, a soar back and a broken tooth. I will take that any day of the week over a fence post through my chest. One of the officers on duty even made a point to mention that it was a good thing I was NOT wearing my seat belt. Although this may not be the case for every accident, it only took once for me to realize that a seat belt is not always the answer. I believe it should be up to the person not the government to dictate to us that we HAVE to wear our seat belts.

  25. This Blog Is Stupid

    On June 7, 2010 at 2:00 am


    Since it seems that everybody here thinks that seatbelts cause just as many deaths as they do save lives, I guess that NASCAR, Formula 1, and IndyCar should just get rid of safety restraint rules. I mean, if the efficacy of seatbelts is 50:50, then why does every vehicle racing league in the world have such silly rules mandating restraints? NASCAR’s move to six-point harnesses after Dale Earnhardt’s death was just to make more money off of corporate sponsorships!

  26. This Blog Is Stupid II

    On June 7, 2010 at 2:05 am


    Oh yeah, let’s outlaw side-curtain airbags too since you morons think being ejected from a vehicle during a rollover is safer.

  27. Jess

    On June 14, 2010 at 4:47 pm


    I like cbeck’s argument. It isn’t hypocritical at all to call the author an idiot and tell them to get their facts straight when you have just based your entire argument on one single experience that you have had, while the author addresses official statistics.
    The fact is, you cannot predict what will happen in an accident; wearing a seatbelt may keep you safe and in place rather than allowing you to be thrown from the vehicle and get decapitated; OR wearing a seatbelt may keep you in place and cause you to become impaled – you just cannot predict those sorts of things.
    At the end of the day, it comes down to the fact that the government has no right to force us to take part in a behavior that may save our lives. Some people already stated that the government cannot force you to eat healthy foods in order to prolong your life, and I will argue that they also cannot force you to use a condom when having sex, even though using one will more than likely protect you from any number of diseases.

  28. Dave

    On June 15, 2010 at 1:22 pm


    This law is giving big brother more power over our rights and a way for them to make more money. The statistics are flawed because the way the survey was done…the police. After an accident the cops threated me with a failure to wear seat belt ticket if I said the truth about not wearing one. Who is th US goverment to tell grown adults they have to wear a seatbelt. This is against our civil rights. Wether you want to wear one or not should be every adult Americans choice. I know of a couple of accidents were if the driver was wearing a seat belt, they would have been killed. I guess if that happened, we should reserve the right to sue the goverment for this ridiculus law. Weather you like to wear your seatbelt or not is not even the point. It’s wether the goverment should have the right to tell you, you have to wear it. I urge every American to tell your congressman to abolish the seatbelt law. It’s criminal and unconstitutional. They are already looking in your back yards and peeping in your windows. Are you going to let them rid in your car too?

  29. Lindsey

    On August 19, 2010 at 4:57 pm


    To the person that made the NASCAR argument: those same cars are also illegal to drive on public roads, and most people don’t find themselves driving upwards of 120 mph in large groups all going the same direction. Your example is ridiculous.

    Everyone giving examples of accidents they’ve been in as a reason to have the seatbelt laws are missing the point. No one is arguing over whether or not you should wear them. The argument is whether or not the government should be allowed to tell you that you HAVE to wear them.

    And to the people saying “Well it should be a law because you should be wearing them any way since it’s safer” I ask this: bungee jumping is dangerous. Should we outlaw it? Eating a lot of candy and soda is bad for you. Should we have government regulated restrictions on how much junk food you can buy in a given period? Bicycles (and roller blades) can be dangerous. Shoould it be a law that everyone should have to wear helmets, elbow and knee pads? If you said “yes” to these, then maybe the USA isn’t the place for you. I would recommend some South American country, or perhaps a former Soviet bloc member.

  30. Cynthia Brooks

    On September 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm


    i don’t know who’s right on this but I’d like to think the 1 in 3 probability scenario is the more accurate than the bloggers. I’ve been looking up child safety car seat information and this is just another dimension to the argument. I find individual stories about children who are 3 and 4 year old in booster seats using the adult seat belt, and for these children around 30-40 pounds, the seat belt kills them by injuring their organs in their abdomen, or they slip under the seat belt in a crash, or their seatbelt fails when their parent’s car overturns thus ejecting them from the car (only story I’ve seen when this happened is the 3 year old boy died when he smashed into the concrete). It’s been said that adult seat belts are designed for people over 80 pounds at around 8 years old when a child’s spine and pelvis develop enough so that an adult seatbelt can rest properly under their abdomen and across their lap.
    With this said, carseats you generally shop for at walmart or a kmart, before this past year, you could only find carseats with a 5 pt. harness that only went up to 40 pounds, and these seats were fairly priced. After 40 pounds, you’d buy a $30 booster seat that went up to 100 pounds. All was simple.
    Problem is, is that my 2 year 11 month old daughter is already exactly 40 pounds and no way am I going to chance that a seatbelt designed for an adult harms her instead of protects her. But I don’t think letting her sit without any seatbelt is smart either. 5 pt. harnesses are safe even for adults. I wish I had 3 for my husband, myself and my 8 year old.
    Now, they are begginning to sell carseats with a racer style harness 5 pt. that not only go up to 40 pounds but up to 65 and 80 and 85 pounds, and they range in price from $115 to $350. So carseat manufacturers are taking advantage of the new research and gouging us for the safest situation we can put our kids in. Unless of course it really costs a lot to make these seats. I don’t know.
    But back to the blogger’s opinion. Seat belts are a 50/50 chance. My opinion is why make it harder for the emts to find you. If it really is a 50/50 chance, why not just buckle up? For an adult it only takes a sec and I honestly feel more secure in a seatbelt even if only for a minor ’slam on my brakes’ feeling of a snug seatbelt against my chest.

    To each their own, I suppose. But if you are thinking of others at all also, wouldn’t it be nicer to not be ejected from your car and perhaps be ejected where you definately don’t belong (i.e. front hood and window of another car on the highway who had nothing to do with your accident- I’m just projecting here!)

  31. Craig

    On November 8, 2010 at 5:37 pm


    This article had so many statistical and logical faults – it is hard to know where to begin. First of all, only 1/10 of 1% of crashes involve fire or water, frequently and situation people cite to find exceptions to seat belt safety. The real statistics show that one is 7 times more likely to survive a crash without serious injury if one is NOT thrown from the vehicle. Remember, force equals mass x acceleration. That means in someone in the back seat weighing 200 lbs doesn’t buckle up and the vehicle comes to a sudden stop (a crash as it were) while going just 40 mph, that person flies forward with 8,000 lbs of force.Their body is likely to go forward and compress the seat in front of them (like the driver’s) with the force of two elephants. This is the famed back seat bullet situation. Clearly their decision not to buckle up will effect whomever is in the front seat.

    Also, children do what their parents do, not what they say. Modeling responsible and safe behavior is the number one factor in kids making safe decisions. Tell me how free one can be with a broken spine.

  32. Charla Hopper

    On November 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm


    SEATBELT KILL YOU. MY 36 old sister die from the seatbelt breaking her neck. I had a friend die 1995 from the seat belt BREAKING HIS NECK. My mom DIDN’T Die she had no seatbelt on when her van flip. As I said SEATBELT KILL YOU. Seatbelt are good on children seat because the dont go across there neck

  33. Radamel

    On November 21, 2010 at 12:05 pm


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  34. JB HUNT

    On December 15, 2010 at 9:40 am


    Work an accident scene, and cut someone out of a vehicle. Knowing the whole time they would not have been injured as bad, and their spouse who was fatally injured by being thrown into the windshield would have most likely lived. It changes your perspective. I look at like this: You have a choice to by two lottery tickets at the same price. The odds are greater and the pay out is greater for one than the other. Your gonna buy the one with the better odds and payout. Why not buckle up?

  35. Your innerself

    On February 19, 2011 at 8:59 am


    People who claim the had the right to not buckle-up doesn’t care about the life of other people on the road.

    WHY?
    Many large fatal accidents are the result of the driver loosing control for being toss away from driving posture after bump or a minor hit!
    HOW?
    The dumass driver HOLD itself to the steering-wheel, turning it in a unpredictable pattern to attemp to remain in the seat!
    RESULT! It’s not to save the pitiful people life who not buckle-up this law is, it is for other life!

  36. johny

    On May 3, 2011 at 10:02 am


    dis website has good info

  37. o[UQEFGH;IHUW;JWG

    On January 15, 2012 at 4:16 am


    i totally agree with this author. come on, were americans! Freedom is in our very blood! why should it matter whether or not we buckle up, if we chose to be stupid, its our problem

  38. Stacy Stokes

    On February 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm


    if seat belts make us so much safer, then why dont my kids have to wear one on a school bus. it makes no sense.. i am required by state law to wear one while driving my vehicle, but my kids riding on a public transportation vehicle (school bus) are not required to wear one?? they are not even provided with a seat belt device. what’s wrong with this picture?? the only reason they have seat belt laws is to line the state coffers with $$$

  39. Stacy Stokes

    On February 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm


    if seat belts make us so much safer, then why dont my kids have to wear one on a school bus. it makes no sense.. i am required by state law to wear one while driving my vehicle, but my kids riding on a public transportation vehicle (school bus) are not required to wear one?? they are not even provided with a seat belt device. what\’s wrong with this picture?? the only reason they have seat belt laws is to line the state coffers with $$$.

  40. JW

    On November 13, 2012 at 2:00 am


    We as humans automatically calculate dozens of risks each day, and it has been scientifically proven that when wearing a seat belt the driver of a vehicle has a added sense of security. When the driver of a vehicle feels safe behind the wheel he/she will tend to drive more daringly which will potentially increase the risk of having or causing a fatal accident. Not wearing a seat belt will cause the mind to think that you are more susceptible to injury in the case of an accident and would cause you to change your driving style(involuntary adaptation). Another example would be to put explosives in your bumper, with that thought in your mind you would drive very cautiously. The same mental functions apply to seat belts.

  41. Semicolon

    On November 17, 2012 at 6:03 pm


    I have attempted to fight this law twice this year in north Carolina where the cost is $161.00 the highest in the USA. Both times the DA dismissed the case without letting me talk even over my objections. I have had surgery for advanced rectal cancer. After treatment I have a foot long scar from my pelvic bone to above my belly button with a incisional hernia and a dislocated vertebra. I have permanent nerve damage and osteoporosis from the chemotherapy drugs. I would rather take my chanced with the airbag and car crumple zones then the harm a safety belt might cause me. No doctor would ever dream of treating me without having me sign an informed consent. The state is forcing me to be treated with a medical device that I do not consent to. I strongly feel the use of safety belt by adults should be an individual decision. That said I do feel that some lives are saved by belt use. Interestingly the ONE state not to give in to the federal gov’s blackmail in New Hampshire and they have one of the lowest death rates per mile driven in the country proving the LAW doesn’t work. Safer driving and safer cars have saved many more lives then seat belts.

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