In the U.S, the law for wearing a seatbelt states, anyone driving on the road without wearing a seatbelt will receive a ticket of $83.50. Everyone in the vehicle including front passenger and rear passengers must wear a seatbelt properly, also, if the passenger is 21 years of age or older, they will be the ones to receive the ticket. These laws were passed in 1984 and still are practiced today. I think there is no need for this law because it is violating American citizens’ rights to be free. People should have a choice of protecting themselves.
Before getting in a vehicle it is required to put on your seatbelt before turning the ignition. Some people are in a rush and forget to wear their seatbelts and continue driving. Since this miss thinking of procedures of driving they are pulled over and fined. Or someone who has a medical condition which would make them feel uncomfortable when wearing a seatbelt being fined for it. This is like a waste of time for the police to pull people over for something that only inflicts danger upon one’s self. They could use the time they put on pulling people over for seatbelts to pulling people over for things that will inflict danger on the lives of the other safe drivers on the rode like speeding, or using a cell phone while driving. The deal with wearing a seatbelt does no effect towards the other drivers but only to one self, so I think it’s an issue that should not be stressed so strongly if it doesn’t hurt anyone other than the person doing it.
Seatbelt use should not be mandatory because seatbelt campaigns spend millions of taxpayer dollars that could be used towards more important things, seat belt laws have not been shown to prevent accidents and it infringes on our natural rights. The money used to enforce seat belt laws could be used towards causes such schools and charities. We pay taxes, our taxes are supposed to go to the government to be spent on causes that help the population. Our hard earned money should not go towards enforcing unjust laws. Dr. Walter Williams states, in an article published September 10, 2003, “Under the Transportation Equity act for the 21st Century, the federal government is spending $500 million to aggressively enforce seatbelt laws.” Think of all the charities $500 million would fund. Think of all the homeless $500 million would feed. Do you want that money to be used to fund a law that forces people to wear seat belts? That money has not shown to prevent one accident on the road but has been proven to cause them.
In the United States, almost all of the states have seat-belt laws that would fine people for $200 for not wearing a seat-belt. The United Kingdom also fines anyone caught without a seat-belt for £500. With these extensive fines, governments are definitely serious about keeping people in cars strapped to their seats with a seat-belt. However, it has not stopped people from wondering, ‘should not wearing a seat-belt be illegal?’
In fact, there are still a lot of people who do not want to wear seat-belts for one reason or another. Here are some of the reasons why people prefer to not wear seat-belts and the reasons why they should.
People say there is no need to wear a seat-belt if they drive slowly. People who are nearing their home often feel safe enough to not wear their seat-belts rationalizing that they are driving slow enough to avoid an accident. The reality is that most of the accidents according to the National Transportation Safety Board happen at speeds that are slower than 40 miles per hour.
People feel that they will survive if they get thrown from their car during accidents. What’s been found by the offices in Kansas that deal with traffic safety is that those who get thrown are more likely to die compared to people who wear their seat-belts.
People think that it is better to have no seat-belt especially during accidents that involve fire or submersion. The thing though to remember is that an impact is likely before the car is in the water or set on fire. Thus, having a seat-belt on might just make the difference between being alert enough and try to get out of the car or being totally dazed and unconscious.
So, going back to the question about whether not wearing a seat-belt should be considered illegal. Well, the laws do have a reason for requiring seat-belt usage. After all, it keeps people safe and prevents half of all possible deaths during accidents. It also keeps almost fifteen thousand people alive every year.