Growing up nobody wore a seat belt. I remember lying around in the back of our station wagon with my brother and sister just rolling from one end to the other. It was not until 1968 that all vehicles (except buses) were required to have seat belts.
It is a state by state law requiring people to wear seat belts. New Hampshire is the only state that does not require people to wear seat belts. The majority of states have fines that if you are caught not wearing a seat belt and from the data it appears that most comply.
The reality is wearing a seat belt is effective in reducing car deaths. Car crash fatalities are almost half than they were 40 years ago. I would gather just like any legislation that is inserting itself into people’s lives that there is push back but Government legislation does work. This has saved lives, money, and heartbreak. Sometimes we need legislation to help ourselves.
When we graduated from college, we took an epic six-week cross country journey by car. My Mom who had her own company (one of several) at that time worked with the automobile industry. Her words of advice to us before we took off on our journey is “wear a seat belt”. We did. Every day and now I feel uncomfortable without having one on.
When I was in Paris last week I noticed that in the Uber cars we took that if you did not buckle your seat belt in the back the noise would start beeping as it does in the front seat when you haven’t buckled in. The reason is that if everyone in France is not wearing a seat belt you get fined. I kind of loved it.
There is always such an uproar against Government involved in our lives but when it comes to seat belts, if you ask me, this is pretty smart one.