Traffic Laws That Can Get You Killed (Seat Belts)



In Part 1 and 2, I addressed the phony cell phone and ignition interlock laws.  Now, I’d like to turn your attention to the seat belt law.

In NY, only front seat passengers are required to buckle up.  In the back seat, only those under the age of 16 are required to buckle up. Why?  Are not all back seat passengers subject to the same laws of nature? Of course they are, so there must be another reason.

It was reported in a Buffalo newspaper that a reporter was talking to a legislative aid and asked why all occupants are not required to wear a seat belt.  The aid, thinking it was off the record, said that legislators who ride in the back seat of their chauffeured limousines don’t want to wear a seat belt and that’s why they will not pass a law forcing everyone to buckle up.

When you ride in the back seat, in the event of a crash you will become a missile that is projected to the front, which could conceivably knock the driver unconscious. Think about that for awhile.

 Even if the driver doesn’t stop your forward motion, you will most likely make contact with the windshield or worse, be ejected through the windshield.  Think about that for awhile.

In a crash test video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an unrestrained child-sized test dummy in the back of a van is launched, striking a passenger up front before slamming head first into the windshield.  In a real-life example, a video shows two women in a cab. One was wearing a seat-belt; the other was not.  The unbelted woman flies across the cab and slams into the window.

Only 28 states require adults in the back to buckle up.  New Hampshire is the only state that does not have a mandatory seat belt.  Their State motto is “Live free or die.”  How prophetic!

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-NY) is pushing legislation that would make it illegal not to wear your seat-belt in the back of a cab in New York City.  Violators would face a $50.  Why only cabs?

 You don’t need a law to wear a seat belt when you’re in the back seat of a car.  Leave that idiocy to the politicians who think they are so smart.

 Your comments are always welcomed and I will respond to questions.

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