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(AP)   New study shows 48 million people refuse to wear a seat belt   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 407
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2006-05-15 08:06:31 AM
I'll never understand this. The damn things stop you from being cheesegratered by your car upon impact. I know they've saved my damn life several times.

It only takes one otherwise minor prang to knock a person not wearing a seatbelt into vegetativeness, does this mean that there's 48 million people who have somehow thus far avoided ever having a car accident?
 
2006-05-15 08:12:33 AM
Natural selection.
 
2006-05-15 08:13:00 AM
Good. Weeds out the idiots.
 
2006-05-15 08:13:05 AM
nih-: I'll never understand this. The damn things stop you from being cheesegratered by your car upon impact. I know they've saved my damn life several times.

I've never really needed one as I've not yet (crosses fingers) in an accident. My car has been hit 3 times, every time by some moron in a parking lot. So theoretically I could have driven all these years never having had one on. I choose not to, but still.

Think of it as evolution in action.
 
2006-05-15 08:13:05 AM
A problem that takes care of itself.
 
2006-05-15 08:13:07 AM
This is a good thing... it's Darwinism at work. Just like smoking and all the other suicidal things dumb people do.
 
2006-05-15 08:13:41 AM
Doh. Beaten by Mr. Butterworth.
 
2006-05-15 08:14:02 AM
That's 47,999,999 if you're riding with me.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2006-05-15 08:14:19 AM
Never believe NHTSA on safety-related issues. Their goal is not safety. Their goal is power -- spending money and controlling people. They will lie as much as it takes to promote their agenda.
 
2006-05-15 08:14:35 AM
Forget ye lest, our country prides itself on freedom of choice.

You don't like it, go to your meeting hall to biatch and moan there.
 
2006-05-15 08:14:35 AM
They should withhold insurance-funded medical treatment to persons in an accident that couldn't be bothered to put on a seatbelt.
 
2006-05-15 08:15:05 AM
100,000 Windshield installers celebrate..
 
2006-05-15 08:15:36 AM
People are stupid.

The worst part about this particular brand of stupid is that if you are a seatbelt wearing safe driving type and you have a crack-up with a non-seatbelt wearer, and they launch through their windshield in a spray of glass, blood and filleted tissue and impact themselves into your car, Turtle Wax just won't get that out, no matter what they say in the commericals.
 
2006-05-15 08:15:52 AM
Anyone know which states make it a secondary enforcement? Just curious

/wears seatbelt
//lives in PA
 
2006-05-15 08:15:53 AM
Only problem is it costs the community a lot of money. No seat belt = horrible damage = takes massive resources. And even if they have to foot the bill themselves, they still take away resources at a time they could've been used for other patients, if not Mr. Invulnerable had decided that seat belts are for pansies.
 
2006-05-15 08:15:53 AM
Agrees with nih. Saved my life once.

/Prang = accident
 
2006-05-15 08:15:54 AM
They need to recalculate the numbers, its 48,000,001 with ZAZ
 
2006-05-15 08:16:07 AM
The "pro seatbelt choice" people are an odd group.
 
2006-05-15 08:16:08 AM
Hooray for idiots not wearing seatbelts. It cleans up the gene pool, plus it means more gasoline for me
 
2006-05-15 08:16:25 AM
This is obvious?
I never knew it was that many.

Everyone I know uses one, and that was before I insist that people buckle up when I'm riding (driver or passenger). -I think my seatbealt has saved me from getting brused or worse in a couple cases.
 
2006-05-15 08:16:54 AM
Think of it as evolution in action.


Darwinian Volunteer.


/ and idiot
// usually they are one in the same
 
2006-05-15 08:17:05 AM
I wanna die like my grandpa, in his sleep, not like the passengers screaming in his car.
 
2006-05-15 08:17:34 AM
As a common sense issue, nih- is certainly correct. Sadly, this is also a revenue-generating system for the municipalities. You know, like speeding tickets. It's not and never has been solely a safety issue as far as the state is concerned.
 
2006-05-15 08:17:53 AM
nih-: I'll never understand this. The damn things stop you from being cheesegratered by your car upon impact. I know they've saved my damn life several times.

Right - I'll never understand people who don't wear them. But, conversely, I'll never understand the nanny-state mentality that says we need laws to tell people to wear them. WTF?
 
2006-05-15 08:17:55 AM
While I agree it is stupid to ride without a seatbelt, I resent the government telling me I have to wear one, or they will slap me with some silly fine.

I also hate their intimidating PSAs telling me to "buckle up or pay up". Good to know our cops are too preoccupied with writing seatbelt tickets to enforce more important laws.
 
2006-05-15 08:18:05 AM
I know they've saved my damn life several times.

I agree with you that people who don't take two seconds to buckle up are idiots. Especially with people like you out there driving. Good god, sir, how many accidents have you been in that you need to say "several"? Stay on the left side of the road, you silly Kiwi!
 
2006-05-15 08:18:28 AM
I knew someone who always said "I'm going to be the first one out of the car in case of an accident". I think he was expecting an exploding tanker truck burning him to death instead of you know the more common running into someone from behind and flying through the windshield.
 
2006-05-15 08:18:39 AM
Remember those automatic seatbelts from the 90's? I feel naked without a seatbelt but those things suck. Every person I've seen in them forgets to fasten the lap belt too.
 
2006-05-15 08:19:32 AM
Never believe NHTSA on safety-related issues. Their goal is not safety. Their goal is power -- spending money and controlling people. They will lie as much as it takes to promote their agenda.

Repent! The days of the seatbelt-wearing overlords are nigh!
 
2006-05-15 08:20:22 AM
By the same token, it shouldn't be a law if you're an adult. If you have a child in the front (old enough to sit up front, young enough not to be able to drive yet), they should be buckled under penalty of law. Other than that, you should be on your own.
 
2006-05-15 08:21:34 AM
I have a friend who used to drive a Rover Metro, and if you've ever seen the safety testing pictures for one of those, you would get farked up in a crash - he didn't wear a seatbelt, claiming that he'd rather take his chances with whatever was out the windscreen than staying in his seat and getting an engine in the face. Now he drives a BMW and always wears a seatbelt.
 
2006-05-15 08:21:52 AM
That really pisses me off, in some way, are all the rationalizations those people come with. They always have a pretty good (read, dumb and illogical) to not wear a seatbelt.

Have a friend who lives in the mountains. Told me that he does not wear beats, so that he could jump off the car if it ever left the road. Whaaa ?

And also :
- an uncle of mine told me that he always drove way past the posted speed limit, because it forced him to be more vigilant, and therefore he was better able to avoid accidents. Also told me that force of impact was not correlated to speed.
- my sister told me that she only put her blinker on when there are other people on the road. Couldn't quite grasp the fact that, maybe, sometimes she did not notice them all.
- and tons of people that assured me that they knew perfectly well how to drive when drunk. Once even told me that, because he's more careful when drunk, he actually was a better driver.

The worst thing is, in almost every case, those people can not even begin to be convinced of the errors of their ways.
 
2006-05-15 08:21:58 AM
Let 'em put their heads through a couple of windshields like I did. They'll change their tunes awful quick.
 
2006-05-15 08:23:03 AM
In Australia more than 99% of people wear seatbelts. I just presumed it was common sense to do so...except on a bus of course but I still use my penis for that.
 
2006-05-15 08:23:38 AM
I know 2 of them, One is already tits up. The living one nearly died... Would have died if she'd been wearing one ( by nearly died I mean she would have been ripped in half versus just being crushed). Goddamn drunk drivers.

/Not wearing a seatbelt is stupid. She is stupid and I don't do her anymore. She since got knocked up and has moved to east Texas to live with her mechanic. Go figure.
 
2006-05-15 08:24:01 AM
I was talking to a friend the other day on the phone while they were driving and I kept here this loud, annoying beep. After a few beeps, I asked,"What the hell is that beeping noise?" She said it was her seat belt warning. She said, "I've got to find out some wait to turn that thing off." I asked why she doesn't just wear her damn seat belt and she claims that she was in a wreck one time and didn't have her seat belt on and it saved her life, so she doesn't wear seat belts.

Hopefully whatever gene causes this is not hereditary...
 
2006-05-15 08:24:11 AM
I've worn mine every day for the last 15 years of driving. I've been in a couple accidents where they saved my life.

I still don't get why this has to be a farking law. This whole "Click it or Ticket" campaign is not about saving lives, it's about fleecing the population using the police power of government. The same as helmet laws and other so-called safety laws. farkem.

But, in my car, you wear it or you get the fark out.
 
2006-05-15 08:24:23 AM
nih-

Is it really surprising that we all haven't been in "several" car accidents? I guess YOU'RE the reason my insurance premiums are so high.

Thank crash.

/wears seatbelt 95% of the time
//gets nagged by the fiance when I don't :)
 
2006-05-15 08:27:48 AM
Detroit_Bob is my hero!

The same holds true for motorcycle riders that refuse to wear helmets. They whine about their rights being infringed, but they're driving up my insurance rates!
 
2006-05-15 08:28:49 AM
Morans. Even Kanye West raps about wearing his seat belt, and raping about safety is pretty ghey.
 
2006-05-15 08:28:57 AM
nih-: I'll never understand this. The damn things stop you from being cheesegratered by your car upon impact. I know they've saved my damn life several times.

My parents didn't believe in using them since they grew up in the days when cars didn't even have seatbelts.. just 3 tons of steel around you. They had this silly notion that it's better to be thrown from the car because it could catch fire or explode and you'd be trapped inside. How many times have you seen a car catch fire and explode during an accident that does not involve a gas tanker truck?
 
2006-05-15 08:29:22 AM
I still don't get why this has to be a farking law. This whole "Click it or Ticket" campaign is not about saving lives, it's about fleecing the population using the police power of government. The same as helmet laws and other so-called safety laws. farkem.

I'd be in favour of it if it reduced my taxes.

It's not like I'm ever going to have to pay one of those fines.

Same goes for speed cameras. I'm never going to have to pay any fines because I'm not enough of a twit to drive above the speed limit. The people who are can suck it. :-)
 
2006-05-15 08:29:26 AM
After an accident your seatbelt help you keep control of your car, making your seat belt a concern for everyone else on the road.
 
2006-05-15 08:30:16 AM
"I still don't get why this has to be a farking law. This whole "Click it or Ticket" campaign is not about saving lives, it's about fleecing the population using the police power of government. The same as helmet laws and other so-called safety laws."

There's another aspect--Fatal crashes are more expensive to the state than non-fatal. More manhours (More officers needed to investigate, direct traffic longer, file reports), more equipment (coroner transport, additional cruisers), more personnel getting OT or call-out pay(don't need a coroner at a non-fatal crash, nor do you need as many officers). All of that is our tax money at work.

Just sayin'
 
2006-05-15 08:30:33 AM
hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu
 
2006-05-15 08:31:16 AM
An oldie but a goodie...

Kieper, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, died early Tuesday morning when the Ford Explorer he was a passenger in travelled off an icy section of Interstate 80 and rolled several times in a ditch. Kieper, who was riding in the back seat of the Explorer, was ejected from the vehicle.

...

Derek, who was thrown from the vehicle, was not wearing a seat belt, Lefler said. He said Havermann and Uphoff were wearing seat belts at the time.

In a column written for the Daily Nebraskan in September, Derek attacked seat belt laws as intrusions on individual liberties and expensive to enforce.

"It is my choice what type of safety precautions I take," he wrote.
 
2006-05-15 08:32:53 AM
didnt 48-some million people vote for bush.....hmm, sounds like natural selection still works.
 
2006-05-15 08:33:00 AM
tricycleracer: Even Kanye West raps about wearing his seat belt,

He does? Huh, whaddya know.

capecodcarl: My parents didn't believe in using them since they grew up in the days when cars didn't even have seatbelts.. just 3 tons of steel around you.

Hell, there used to be cars without seat belts, but with metal dashboards. That'll leave a mark.

How many times have you seen a car catch fire and explode during an accident that does not involve a gas tanker truck?

Unfortunately for your example, I remember the Ford Pinto quite well. Other than that...not so much.
 
2006-05-15 08:34:27 AM
control brains for science
 
2006-05-15 08:35:54 AM
RabidDog
I wanna die like my grandpa, in his sleep, not like the passengers screaming in his car.

Seatbelts definitely save lives! When I'm driving at night I sit on my seatbelt, and it's so uncomfortable that it keeps me from falling asleep at the wheel.
 
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