Well, let's see... since it's not easy being someone with their own mind and their own opinions, allow me to offer my responses and rebuttals...
kalee11 wrote:The government isn't protecting people from themselves, it's protecting them from what they don't know. You're assuming that all adults (also, what about child seatbelt laws? how do you feel about those?) are simply exercising their own free will by not using their seatbelt, when in fact many of them don't have access to information about how dangerous it is. Or they were told by someone that their cousin's cousin didn't wear his and survived, so that's what they want to hear.
They don't have this article and Ken Jennings telling them they are wrong, and it is safer to always wear a seatbelt. (Note my wording - it is not ALWAYS safer to wear a seatbelt, but it is safer to wear a seatbelt, overall.)
Also, the government is not forcefully putting your seatbelt on. They are simply saying you will be fined for not wearing one, because you are adding to the social cost by being intentionally reckless, for instance the healthcare system if you were injured in an accident.
If the government just wanted to protect people from what they didn't know, then they would put out public service announcements. Oh, wait... they do. And I hope you were being facetious about this article and Ken Jennings telling us we're wrong. As for the government "simply saying" I'll be fined, that's like saying the government "simply says" they'll put you in jail if you rob a bank. As for requiring kids be in seatbelts, yeah... I can understand that since most people today can't even be bothered to remember that their kid is even in the car without putting their briefcase in the backseat with them, much less give a damn about the child's well being. So, yeah.. a law that protects the innocent life of a child from the negligent actions of his/her parent(s)... sure. Just not a law that protects an adult from his/her own actions.
bsmith1 wrote:This is not at all surprising.
Make sure you tell this to your auto, health, and life insurance providers. Let me know what they say.
If you don't have anything nice to say, can't you just not say anything at all?
As for my "auto, health and life insurance providers"... I've another shock for you. I don't subscribe to that racket, either. See, I was raised with this insane notion that people are responsible for their own expenses. I have always paid my own way in this world and I see no reason to change now.
Calgaltoal wrote:It is really dumb NOT to wear a seatbelt.
Most of the time when someone gets killed in a car wreck, they state they were not wearing a seatbelt.
It's funny you say that, because have you ever noticed the number of times that there is a fatality in a car wreck and the media says NOTHING about whether a seatbelt was worn or not? Knowing, as we all do, that when a seatbelt is NOT worn in a fatal wreck, the media is the first to report that fact, then we must deduce that in reports were there is NO mention of seatbelt use, then the deceased must have been wearing one. Now, you count the number of times you DON'T hear that a seatbelt was not used versus the times you DO hear that a seatbelt was not worn and you tell me again how much safer you are.
Calgaltoal wrote:I fought it for years, undid alerts.
But good sense prevailed.
I was wearing one before the law was passed.
I feel safer when wearing one.
And that is your RIGHT. Just as it is my right to not wear one. I have never said that no one should wear a seatbelt. I don't like motorcycle helmet laws either, but I still wear one, even in Florida where it's not required. The point is that as adults, we are supposed to choose our own destiny, not have it rammed down our throats by a overbearing government.
Back when I was a kid the only safety I had was my parent’s arm flinging out to keep me back.
And yet, here you are We rode bikes with no helmets, too... Yet somehow, our generation managed to survive those dark ages
chuckster123 wrote:I'm curious - Do you have family or other dependents who will suffer financially if you die in a car crash because you weren't wearing a seat belt?
No, I don't... but I find it telling that your question is "if you die, will there be a financial burden on your family" rather than "if you die, will your family not miss you." It's always about the Almighty Dollar isn't it?