Wednesday, May 22, 2013
My Beef with "Click it or Ticket"
I've heard more ads for "click it or ticket" recently than I ever remember. This got me thinking....this law is horseshit. As are a few others (speed cameras) but for now let's just focus on this. No one other than myself is endangered by my seat belt or lack thereof, so who is the state to protect me from myself? Not only is the safety provided by a seat belt negligible, they can also do more harm than good in certain situations. Something like a 5-point racing harness is more safe in most situations, but is not street legal because in the case of a roll-over, you're unable to lean and if the roof caves....you get the idea.
If we have a seat belt law, why is there no mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders? The statistics for safety between the two are roughly the same. They both help in the low speed accidents, but helmets save lives in those cases, whereas seat belts just try to soften the blow of the 200 mph airbag deployment.
Personally, I will always wear my seat belt just for the peace of mind. But the state, nor the federal government have any right to tell me that it is mandatory. They're simply using it as a way to generate revenue. If they truly wanted to keep us safe, we would have little to no freedoms. Smoking is legal because of all the money the states make, and yet it kills more people in a day than probably an entire year's worth of vehicle accidents. If you're going to make laws concerning the safety of your citizens and take away our right to endanger ourselves, at least be consistent.