Here's my thoughts on the seat belt laws: it's a bs excuse for the police to pull us over and give us a ticket. It's basically been put in place for no other reason than to fund the police departments and give the officers something to do when there's no actual crime. Here's how I came to this conclusion:
Laws are made to protect a person from other people. Theft, murder, and essentially all forms of real crime require 1 key component; other people. Freedom of speech lets a person say what they feel like saying, when they feel like saying it, AROUND OTHER PEOPLE. If there are no other ears to hear it, then the opinion lives and stays with the speaker. Heck, they might as well not have said anything and kept it as a thought.
So, if laws are here to protect us from each other, then why am I lawfully forced to wear a seat belt? Besides myself, who is harmed in my lack of seat belt usage? One could make the argument that my death/injury would effect my family/friends. If that's the case, then we better go ahead and outlaw alcohol, smoking, high cholesterol and anything else fun and dangerous.
I'm not opposed to wearing a seat belt. Ever since my son was born I have put one on every single time I've gotten in the car. That being said, there was a time where I didn't wear one. For a long while, I owned and drove an early 90's Honda Civic hatchback (the same pos M and Thomas drive around). Great car, good gas mileage, never had a mechanical problem. That being said, I felt safer flying out of the car and taking on a tree than being trapped in that tin can during a car wreck.
To me, this seat belt law has to go. If you don't want to wear one, I see no reason you should. It's your life to live and not wearing one endangers no one but yourself.
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