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Make No Exception: State's Click It Or Ticket Law Should Apply To All Vehicles

SeatbeltChange of subject. A couple papers have picked up on the seat belt loophole story this session, despite the fact that the Toll Road has dominated pretty much every day of coverage since lawmakers convened in Indianapolis.

The seat belt loophole is a sad one, and it's something Governors and lawmakers repeatedly have pushed to fix in the past. Basically, if you drive a truck or a vehicle with truck plates, you don't have to wear a seat belt. The exception dates back to times when trucks were solely used as farm vehicles, but there are still a lot of people who want to keep it that way. There are even people who pay extra for truck plates for SUVs so they don't have to buckle up.

Hold please while we connect you through to Darwin.

The argument about seat belts and whether the state should require people to wear them traditionally comes down to "get outta my life" versus "making it a law will save money." The truck exception further boils down to "everyone else has to do it, so you should, too."

We can argue until the cows come home about whether it's government's place to require seat belt usage, but let's agree that if government is going to require buckling up, it should require it for everyone. Indiana is one of only two states in the country that still has this harebrained exception on the books. (Georgia is the other.) So get with it, lawmakers. If you're willing to pass initiatives as unpopular as "Major Moves" and Daylight Saving Time, you should be willing to step up to the plate on this one.

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If people are willing to pay extra for truck plates on an SUV, then maybe we should make them pay a little extra for driving on streets that are off limits to trucks (except local delivery) such as White River Parkway. Shouldn't these people receive tickets just as a "truck driver" would if he/she was driving on that road?

If they stick thier nose in and change this law, I'll put back my $25 to pay the ticket and still not wear a seat belt.
It's all a hoax. You can find stats that show anything you want. Some wrecks seat belt helped and others they definitly didnt help or caused more problems.
Moe government intrusion.

If you don't want to wear a seat belt, then just sign this sheet of paper saying I don't have to pay extra insurance to cover your stupidity. Also, pen your signature on this sheet saying that you don't want police, fire or emergency crews, all paid for with my tax dollars, to rescue you in the event of a crash. If you don't have insurance, signify that you don't want the government to pick up the tab for to treat your crash-related injuries.

Government intrusion swings both ways. Fortunately, if you don't wear your seat belt, Darwin's much more likely to get you before Big Brother does. Have a nice trip.

I'm not sure If I bitched about this here before, or if it was over on Doug Masson's blog. Please excuse me if I repeat myself:

There is actually logic behind this exception. The reason trucks are excluded is because people who use them for certain types of jobs (on both the farms and in construction projects in town) need to get in and out of the truck often while driving very short distances between stops. Buckling and undoing the seat belt every thirty seconds or so to hop out is really impractical for these types of jobs. Generally, they're not going fast enough to get in an accident or even get hurt in the event of one. Perhaps there should be a way to exclude trucks that are actual in work mode from being required to use the seatbelt, rather than all trucks.

I'd also say, though, that you need to provide some compelling statistics about the number of trucks on the road that have been in accidents without seatbelts and the amount your insurance has gone up because of them before you're really allowed to get on your high horse in quite this way.

And in the event of an accident, you're paying the same amount for the police to come and rescue someone whether they wear their seatbelt or not, so that's not a factor you can cite.

Why should government mandate competent adults wear a seat belt? I think it should be up to each individual. If one does not want to wear a seatbelt, then he can pay the consequences should he be in an accident. It has been well publicized about the prevention of injuries if one wears a seat belt, now let the individual decide and accept responsibility for his own actions.
It is time for the government to get out of our personal lives and let man do as we choose on topics like this. We are each accountable for our own actions.

Because everybody ends up paying for that one person, that's why. Your insurance rates go up. People not wearing seatbelts suffer often fatal injuries, that means we lose productive members of society, and in some cases must support their families, we lose a taxpayer, and have to spend more tax money to support their family.

Ultimately we are all held accountable for each other's actions, it's called a society, so yeah it sucks that big brother makes you wear a seatbelt, but that is one of the costs of living in this society.

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