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Posted: 1/20/2006 6:48:02 AM EDT
I didn't wear seatbelts till I was more than 30 years old.

It just chapped my hide the gov't was gonna force me to do it.

So to spite the gov't, I didn't wear one. I'll show them - by endangering myself.

For me, it was kinda a combination of libertarianism / immaturity.

________________

Do you wear your belt ?Why? Why not?

(see poll)

Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:50:28 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2006 6:51:07 AM EDT by deej86]
Yes-20.
Why? Because I'm not too crazy about turning myself into a bloody splatter.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:51:04 AM EDT
I always wear one and have for 20 years.

The belt saved my life once while on a business trip to Brazil.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:51:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2006 6:52:31 AM EDT by SS109]
I wear one, but more for the annoying dinging my truck makes than worrying about the cops.

I am 40.

My parents never wore seatbelts, but now do because of the law.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:52:10 AM EDT
Always wear it, I'm 24.


I could give a shit less about the seatbelt law, I wear it for personal preference. I've seen what happens to people that don't wear em. No thanks.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:52:11 AM EDT
Am 30 and wear it. I guess I started somewhere around 21 or 22
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:52:21 AM EDT
I don't think that .gov should try to legislate on this issue, but I've worked enough MVA's to tell that even a low-speed accident can kill you if you hit the windshield or are ejected from the vehicle.

I wear my seatbelt and anyone riding in my vehicle either wears one or walks. It's kind of like not looking down the barrel of your weapon or running with the scissors pointed at your gut. Seems like a no-brainer to me...
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:52:33 AM EDT
I usually do; I'm way over 30.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:53:29 AM EDT
under 30 yesi wear my seatbelt, always have


wearing a seat belt saved me and my mom in a car crash about 10 years ago.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:54:01 AM EDT
seatbelts saved me and a friend of mine from serious injury/death on one occasion. i always wear one.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:54:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2006 6:56:40 AM EDT by skpp108]
I guess I'm old enough now to where the idea of slamming into the stuff in front of me (steering wheel, etc) is something I actually think about and find unappealing. I no longer feel comfortable/secure in a vehicle without wearing a seat belt. OTOH, I don't think it should be a legal issue and I don't GAS if others wear one or not. Kinda like abortion.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:54:58 AM EDT
I'm 38 and I've been wearing them since I started driving. A seatbelt has saved me from serious injury twice and whether or not the government forces me to do it or not, it makes sense to me.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:55:25 AM EDT
34 yrs old and I've always worn one. I honestly don't think I've ever been in a moving vehicle without buckling in. Dad instilled it in me.

Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:56:46 AM EDT
Well over 30, and have worn one since I was a wee tot. My parents made us wear them long before it was the law.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 6:59:23 AM EDT
Unlike motorcycle helmet use, seatbelt use has been studied VERY thouroughly. The forces involved are much easier to measure, and accidents can be simulated in a controlled manner. Wearing one is a good idea, and I always have. I'm 26.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:00:58 AM EDT
Always wear it. Passegers either wear it or walk. Way back when I was 17 I watched a wreck in Corpus Christi. Lady broadsided a construction barrier at an intersection. Her speed couldn't have been more than 40.

Due to bracing herself against the impact her knees were locked and her knee joints exploded. The bottom end of her femurs were completely exposed. She never passed out either.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:01:55 AM EDT
I don't know what my steering wheele taste like, and I don't plan on finding out.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:02:22 AM EDT
over 30 , it took awhile but I wear one now .
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:03:20 AM EDT
I'm 46 and wear one quite a bit of the time. Always on the highway, and always in inclimate weather. But good weather (clear streets) in town and I'm about 40/60 not likely.

I've improved much in the 17 past years. Yet one more example of daughter "saving"* my life. It's easier to teach a kid to wear their belt all the time if you do it too.



* - I really do believe God sent her to save me from myself. But that's another discussion for another time.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:06:43 AM EDT
I knew people that didn't, so I always do.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:09:02 AM EDT
I agree adults should not have to be told to wear seatbelts.
Never wrote one ticket for seatbelts but I wrote a bunch of child restraint tickets.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:12:40 AM EDT
A seatbelt saved my life at about age 10. You bet I wear one.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:13:50 AM EDT
I started wearing my seatbelt in the Army, once I found out the Army wouldn't cover your medical treatment after an accident if you hadn't been wearing your seatbelt. Done it ever since.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:14:16 AM EDT
I'm 50 and have always worn seat belts in mine or anyone elses car.
Except for a time when I was a teenager and the first car I bought didn't have them.....
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:14:52 AM EDT
All my vehicles have two, three, four, five or six point harness's.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:16:13 AM EDT
Yes, 46yrs. Its the law here.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:17:05 AM EDT
I always wear one. I'm 24. I feel uncomfortable without one.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:21:31 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2006 7:23:32 AM EDT by Charging_Handle]
I am 28 and yes, I always wear my belt. I fasten it as soon as I sit down in the car. To tell the truth, I'd gladly wear a 5 point harness if the car came from the factory that way. Wouldn't mind a roll bar and a racing inspired seat either. If we're gonna be safety conscious, lets get serious.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:24:02 AM EDT
I just flipped my Raider and after am I every thankful I wear mine. roof is smashed down and in past the steering wheel I loved that little truck. 89 200k miles on her and she was running awesome.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:24:10 AM EDT
I installed 5-points in my '68 Coronet. Only way to stay in the seats when cornering at speed. I don't like just lap belts though. Gotta have that shoulder loop as well.

Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:24:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2006 7:25:23 AM EDT by Stealth]
I have many fond childhood memories of bouncing around in the back of the wagon while dad drove down the road to where ever it is we used to go.

As a teenager and young adult I'd wear one usually only if the weather sucked or I didn't trust the driver.

After they made it a law in my state I got used to it. I wear one all the time. It's a habit now more than a conscience thought. Putting it on is just part of sitting down in a car.

eta:42
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:24:49 AM EDT
I prefer not to be a pile of meat because I was too proud to wear one.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:25:15 AM EDT
I almost always wear mine, and I'm over 30.

I typically won't wear it if I'm just running to the store down the road...habit I guess.

But I do disagree with the .gov trying to force anyone to wear one.....

I wear it because its a good idea, not because the gov tells me to....
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:25:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RevDeadCorpse:
I installed 5-points in my '68 Coronet. Only way to stay in the seats when cornering at speed. I don't like just lap belts though. Gotta have that shoulder loop as well.




Smart man.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:27:10 AM EDT
Over thirty and wear it.Was in an accident that the belt made a differance so I am sold.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:27:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Charging_Handle:
I am 28 and yes, I always wear my belt. I fasten it as soon as I sit down in the car. To tell the truth, I'd gladly wear a 5 point harness if the car came from the factory that way. Wouldn't mind a roll bar and a racing inspired seat either. If we're gonna be safety conscious, lets get serious.



All are cheap purchases, depending on the car.

I will say this about a harness - They're really cool and everything, until you try to reach for something in the back seat, or lean over to grab some change you dropped, or pretty much anything other than remaining securely strapped in place at all times. They do get irritating on a daily driver.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:30:27 AM EDT
I've always worn one since I was 16 (I'll be 40 in a few months).

I was going to put it on one night (I never wore them when I was younger & just 'riding' in the car) but my buddy turned to me and asked if I was going to buckle up (he did). I said 'No, why?"

His answer has stuck with me and saved my live on 2 occasions.

"Why not? The worse it can do is save your life.", He was pretty wise for a 17 year old.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:34:38 AM EDT
Im 19 and I ALWAYS wear mine, even really short trips up the street. My mom lost her brother due to not wearing his seatbelt so it has been instilled in me since birth.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 7:46:58 AM EDT
I could give a crap what the law says. I know how I drive. I wear mine. If the jeep goes ass over apple cart...no roof, no, doors, has roll bars. The only thing that will keep me in the drivers seat is the seat belt. It's been a habit ever since I started driving(wearing the seatbelt, not rolling jeeps), but after I bought my jeep I realized that wearing my seatbelt was one of the better habits I formed early in life.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:38:39 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2006 8:42:23 AM EDT by danpass]
You wear your seatbelt? How old are you?

YES - 33

I worked in Seating and Restraints at Chrysler and been present at the Frontal Impact Tests.

I much prefer the seatbelt.

Airbag, alone, just doesn't do it for me (crash dummy, while 'protected' moves around too much in the cab area, in my opinion)
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:41:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RikWriter:
I started wearing my seatbelt in the Army, once I found out the Army wouldn't cover your medical treatment after an accident if you hadn't been wearing your seatbelt. Done it ever since.




Its called incentive and is the proper way to do things. It got RikWriter to wear the belt right?

Personal responsibility should not be legislated.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:41:58 AM EDT
I didn't wear my seatbelt all the time til I became a fire fighter/medic, then I saw what not wearing one can lead to.
Now I wear it religiously.
Buckle up folks.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:42:05 AM EDT
This poll discriminates against 30 year olds!
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:43:17 AM EDT
You know, I don't think there needs to be a law forcing people to wear seatbelts.....but....if you don't wear a seatbelt........

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YOU ARE STUPID!!!!!

That is just the way it is.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:43:43 AM EDT
It feels wierd if I don't have mine on.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:50:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2006 8:53:33 AM EDT by quijanos]
They work for the most part. Anything excessively fast +80mph in most cases, and they can work against you. I had an accident when I was 25 in my first new car (truck) and I vividly remember the moment of impact when I was suspended in the air and the Seat Belt keeping me from eating steering wheel, dash, and windshield. Speed was only around 30mph. I was wearing one then (and before) and I swear and wear them now.

eta....over 30 and as stated above yes I wear it

Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:57:40 AM EDT
I'm 43

I dont wear a seatbelt

I was in a rollover accident once, and I was told by the State Trooper that if I would have been wearing one I would have been a Dead Man


I think it is a bullshit Law
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 8:58:08 AM EDT
I wear one because id hate to pay $145 every day for not wearing it.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 9:00:44 AM EDT
43 and I wear one.
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 9:02:11 AM EDT
I'm in the 30+ belt-wearing category. I never wore a seat belt until I was like 10 years old.

Then our 1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer got rear-ended by an 18-wheeler.

Started wearing my seatbelt after then ....
Link Posted: 1/20/2006 9:07:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pzjgr:
I almost always wear mine, and I'm over 30.

I typically won't wear it if I'm just running to the store down the road...habit I guess.

But I do disagree with the .gov trying to force anyone to wear one.....

I wear it because its a good idea, not because the gov tells me to....



Same here.
20 - I wear mine sometimes.
I hate being told by the .gov that I'm not adult enough to make my own decisions.
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