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Let's see. Has the $5 fine made an impact?
Impact? You just now used the word "Impact"? That's why seat belts should be worn!
While I make it a practice to wear my seatbelt whenever I am behind the wheel I strongly object to the government (especially the federal government) essentially threatening me or any of us with fines as a means of coercing us to behave in a way that our political class demands of us. More importantly I find it objectionable that the federal government takes money from the Kansas taxpayers and holds it out as a carrot for the state In order to coerce the state to pass laws it otherwise wouldn't have passed. Today it's just a seatbelt law but who knows what tomorrow could bring. It violates the spirit of the Constitution if not it's letter where the sovereignty of the states is concerned. The Feds manipulate us and our state government using tax and funding policies. This is merely a circumvention of he 10th amendment.
Next time you fly somewhere on a jet, explain to the flight attendant that having to wear your seatbelt for takeoffs and landings is a circumvention of the 10th amendment, and see if that flies.
Actually, they won't fine you - they'll just kick you off the flight.
Hydra - Technically, no. But I used to work for a firm here in town that does aircraft flight testing (KSR), and I have also known a few jet pilots, including a passenger jetliner pilot. Not one of them would ever consider flying without without their seatbelt on.
Every single one of them was ever so quick to point out that a car is so much more dangerous than an aircraft, so I am quite sure that as a class, professional pilots probably have the highest seat belt usage rate in the world.
There is no way to tell when the jet might hit CAT (clear air turbulence), and then all the unbelted passengers will literally hit the roof. Quite a few people have sustained very serioius injuries because of not having their seatbelts on when hitting CAT. But true, it isn't a crash at all, modern jets are designed to fly right through CAT without any problem at all. Except for unbelted passengers.
Yes, that is required by the FAA.
Are you kidding me. What kind of person doesn't see the glaring difference between the government regulating my behavior in my own vehicle and airlines requiring me to wear my seatbelt as a condition of flying on their plane. Uhhhhg...
Well said. Seatbelts should be worn at all times. Adults should do this by choice, not by coercion.
So you're fine with getting into an accident with another vehicle and inadvertantly killing another person who choses to not wear his or her seatbelt?
That was for Optimist.
My car has what must be the most annoying 'reminder' chime in the world. It's very loud, and goes for about 5 seconds, stops, then repeats about every minute until you buckle the belt. Funny thing is, after buckling up, if you unbuckle while the car is still running, the chime doesn't start up again.
I like a car that says 'Oh, well, I gave it my best shot,' following this piece of classic advice from W.C. Fields: "If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then give up - there's no sense being a damned fool about it."
I always wear my seatbelt, that's a for sure. The only thing that varies is, do I fasten the seatbelt before or after I start the car?
I feel really creepy without one on, because I know what it feels like to collide with a tree (young and dumb, 20 y/o on ice) and I also know what it's like to be a passenger during a highway flip and roll. I had my seat belt on both times, so I never forget it or get lazy about it, no way.
Plus I've seen the aftermath of a very, very minor 30 mph accident.
Well, it wasn't minor for the people in the car. The driver was bleeding out his mouth, unconscious, shaking like he was an epileptic in the glass he had broken with his head, and the lady in back was crying about her bad back.
None of them had their seat belt on. I'll never forget that scene.
Strange thing was - the elderly lady that had turned left in front of them, I think into her own driveway, was driving an ancient car, and wasn't hurt at all.
I leave it buckled even when sitting at Sonic. No telling when some yahoo is going to barrel through the parking lot at 60 and smash into someone.
gccs14r - you're not crazy! Things like that have actually happened!
And yet, to anticipate such things is a pretty paranoid way to live your life.
I don't anticipate such things, I never even notice when my seatbelt is on. The only thing I ever notice is when it's NOT on!
Well, here's maybe a reason behind the seat belt law:
If you kill or maim someone, and their injuries could have been prevented by the use of an unworn seat belt, your responsibility for their injuries is going to be greatly reduced, or perhaps completely eliminated.
I'm sure that is going to be brought up in court cases very, very soon.
Now that I'm used to "wearing" a seat belt, I feel naked without it...... oops, I forgot my pants
I think this is a generational change. I remember they made a huge deal about it in grade school at a time when my parents - and most adults - did not wear seat belts. No doubt having children annoy one constantly about wearing a seat belt was a useful tactic because both of my parents have worn them as a habit for decades now. It is simply habit for me as well and I strongly dislike not wearing one.
However, as others have mentioned, I am generally annoyed with the notion of legislating these types of things. I understand the social benefit, but legislating like this has a very slippery slope.
It is not a generational change in that the younger generation has seen more accidents and, therefore, has made a conscious decision to embrace seatbelts. It is a direct effect of the difference in psychological conditioning that has been applied to the younger generations. And it is a prime example of how effective such mental manipulation can be. With something like seatbelts, we see the positive effects of mental manipulation toward something that is beneficial. With something like the manic buy-buy-buy mentality rampant in our country, we see the negative effects of the same tactics.
That sure works on me with my credit card! Those bankers are GOOD at what they do!
I only wear mine when I have an open container....so as to offset the fines.
Lost a young relative in 1999 because her mother never wore a seat belt and made fun of her when she tried to. Both were killed in central Kansas when they were t-boned by a pick-up. Neither was wearing a seat belt. Both would have survived the accident easily, as would princess Diana who was killed a couple weeks before, also, not wearing a seat belt.
Stephanie would have been 25 this year, would have been in veteranary school. We miss her.
Started when kids were little & asked why they had to but not me. i wear one every time I drive or ride and won't start the car if others in my car won't put them on.
Out here in the land of the free & home of the brave..
If you are not wearing a seatbelt when the deer jumps out of the ditch or you loose control & drop one wheel off the highway then over correct & roll the car you will most likely die.. Help is a long time away & care units are the same..
I wear a seatbelt 99% of the time after a dear friend was killed in an accident and wasn't wearing one. My kids are told not to ride with friends who do not have working seatbelts in their cars, too. I don't think of it as the government telling me what to do, but as prevention methods.
A couple of weeks ago, I was riding in the back seat with the kids and sitting in the middle, going about half a mile. I didn't put my seatbelt on (squished like sardines, and a pain to buckle.) My kids asked me to put it on and glared at me. Man, I taught them well.
You're a good Mom! I'm sure your kids will do well in life!
I am very pleased that seat belt usage is as high as this poll states that it is. But I would much happier if it was even higher!
1)I'm sick to death of The State trying to be my mom.
2)This law isn't about protecting the public. It's about protecting the insurance companies' bottom line.
3)I refuse to live in perpetual fear that "something might happen".
If you want to decrease your likelihood of an accident, pay attention to your driving environment and put down the !@#$% cellphone.
It's about keeping you behind the wheel so you can hopefully avoid running into anyone else after an incident. You cannot steer when you're using the wheel to hold yourself in your seat, and at a certain force load, you can't hold yourself in the seat with your hands, anyway.
OH YEAH! THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT!!
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