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Have you ever been cited for not wearing your seat belt while driving?

Response Percent Votes
No, but I wear it regularly
 
78% 593
No, and I don’t wear it regularly
 
10% 77
Yes, and now I wear it every time I drive
 
7% 54
Yes, but I still don’t wear it regularly
 
4% 34
Total 758

Comments

Starlight 2 years, 10 months ago

Ejected in an accident face first into a gravel lot convinced me to wear my belt henceforth. Certainly saved me in a subsequent rollover years later.

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Peaty 2 years, 10 months ago

I won't go anywhere w/o wearing one. Even from the mailbox island to my house maybe 200 yards. I don't want my kids to see me not wearing a belt. They learn from example.

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RonBurgandy 2 years, 10 months ago

I don't know why anyone wouldn't wear their seatbelt. It's just common sense.

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kernal 2 years, 10 months ago

Why wouldn't I wear a seat belt?

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gphawk89 2 years, 10 months ago

Verbal warnings in Puerto Rico, Scotland, Costa Rica, and Saudi Arabia. Never in the US.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 10 months ago

This is all well and good but the basic problem is the kind of behavior behind the wheel that causes accidents. I have been driving all my life (I am 67) and have never been in a vehicle accident. I am not bragging, I just know that most all accidents are preventable if you pay attention to your driving and anticipate what the other driver might or might not do. It has been called defensive driving. It has been my observation that driving skills have deteroriated severely in recent times, mostly because of idiots with cell phones, blackberries and other pursuits when you should be intent on driving the car and watching out for other vehicles. But I realize that I am in a minority, that most everyone is in a big hurry to get somewhere insignificant, and is heading for a terrible accident in their haste. No seat belt is going to protect an idiot and that is simply the way it is.

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classclown 2 years, 10 months ago

Kids and airbags got me in the habit of wearing seat belts long before it became a law, so I've never been cited.

I've gotten so used to wearing one, it's like having a watch. Whereas you kinda feel naked without it.

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Paul R Getto 2 years, 10 months ago

I used to work in the emergency room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Nuff said; won't go down the block without being buckled in. I used to specialize in holding the young man's hand in the emergency room, watching him cry while we picked what was left of his girlfriend's face out of what was left of the windshield. Often the guy would be buckled in, but the girlfriend sitting right next to him wasn't. Cars are deadly weapons.

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Liberty275 2 years, 10 months ago

Five years ago, my wife and I got "failure to wear" tickets in colorado. We used to visit colorado every other year or so, but since we arent going to pay the fine, we have been going around colorado on trips out west and traveling more to the east and south on vacation.

Those tickets have cost the state of colorado many thousands of dollars in just the money we would have spent there on vacations.

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autie 2 years, 10 months ago

My friendly neighborhood state trooper reminded me gentlely one day that I should be wearing it....I know he is just waiting for the day to see me without it....so I wear now. mostly anyway.

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grammaddy 2 years, 10 months ago

Key doesn't touch ignition until everyone( frontseat or backseat) has "made it click"! Even the 3-year-old knows that. She's quick to tell them to hurry up. I love my little "seatbelt police".

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

Gotta admit I did get a ticket for not wearing a seat belt. It was many years ago. Now it's the firth thing I do when I get in a car.

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croutons 2 years, 10 months ago

or are you saying that YOU don't put it in drive until everyone is buckled in?

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croutons 2 years, 10 months ago

does your car have some sort of sensors that detect whether or not the back seats and/or the passenger seats are actually occupied?

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Pywacket 2 years, 10 months ago

My car doesn't go into "drive" gear unless everyone in it is buckled in. My adult kids put theirs on automatically--they don't even have to think about it. I know they're not just doing this for Mom's watching eyes, as I see them out & about now and then and can see the shoulder harness in use.

It's one thing to die in a catastrophic accident that no one could survive.... It adds another level of tragic futility when someone dies in one that didn't HAVE to be fatal. That kind often involves the person being flung violently through a window as the vehicle collides with a tree or other vehicle--or if it rolls. If they are belted in, they have a far better chance of surviving.

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blue73harley 2 years, 10 months ago

I got stopped for speeding a few years back. Before the officer got to my car, I unbuckled the seatbelt to get my wallet out. I immediately thought "Uh-oh" but he didn't say anything.

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pizzapete 2 years, 10 months ago

No, I always wear mine and use the turn signal, too.

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