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Seatbelt Laws

There should be laws requiring people to wear seatbelts in automobiles.

started by froggerus on 12/1/09.

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Driving is a privileged not a right. People agree to obey all traffic laws when they get their driving license. People do not have a right to make themselves a burden on society because they find a simple safety device to be annoying. No one is harmed by the law. No's freedom of movement is being restricted by the law.

by Uklamok (62.03) on 12/8/09.

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Seatbelt laws help raise awareness as to the extreme benefits of using and severe effects of not using seatbelts, and the laws can save valuable lives, even if only as a side effect of not wanting to get a ticket.

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 12/3/09.

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Laws that protect people from being harmed by others make sense, but laws that protect people from themselves do not. A person should be allowed to choose, even at his own peril, whether or not to engage in risky behavior. Not wearing a seatbelt is risky behavior in that in the event of an automobile crash the person not wearing his seatbelt is more likely to be injured. So what? It is not the job of the state to act as a nanny. I wear my seatbelt for my own safety, not because the state tells me to.

by froggerus (55.06) on 12/2/09.

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Seatbelt laws allow law enforcement to charge the citizens with a lesser crime and give prosecutors a lesser charge that citizens may plea too. For example, a sheriff's deputy pulls over a middle aged woman with four crying children and a braying basset hound for speeding. Taking pity on her, he charges her with failure to wear a seatbelt instead of exceeding the speed limit by five miles per hour. A man shows up with a fleet of legal eagles to contest his speeding ticket. Deciding not to deal with the headache, the prosecutor can change the charge to reflect a failure to wear a seatbelt, if the citizen will accept a plea bargain.

by AtomBob (53.06) on 12/3/09.

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wearing a seatbelt should be a choice not a requirement. If you make someone wear a seatbelt because they can die from not wearing it, then you should make people stop smoking because it can kill you as well if you use it.

by blaiselukasiewicz (55.94) on 12/4/09.

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