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How often do you wear a seatbelt while driving?

  • Never

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Seldom

    Votes: 2 1.7%
  • Often

    Votes: 5 4.2%
  • Always

    Votes: 113 94.2%
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After reading a thread about the tragic accident involving a Lotus, I was curious as to just how many of us buckle up.
 

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Seat belts are sooooooo easy! I buckle mine sub-consciously and never have issues.

I can only think of these reasons not to buckle:

1. Too old to know what a seat belt is and unable to comprehend the technology.
2. Too fat to get that thing on (as seen in any WalMart parking lot).
3. Too stupid to make it a habit (as seen at any high school parking lot).
4. Unable or unwilling to understand odds of accident survival.
 

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Last time I didn't wear a seatbelt in a car was... 1982 probably. I'm not sure when it was made mandatory by law here in CO, but I recall using them before that.

I see it's legal here to go without if you're driving a car made before 1968. My first car was a '67, but it had belts. They were lap belts only and were stuffed in the seat cushions.

Here's another exemption: "Passengers with a physical or psychological disability preventing the use of a safety belt." Psychological disability preventing the use of a seatbelt? Anybody have a DSM IV who can shine some light on this one?

A quick google on that only got me this:

"Findings indicate that non-seat belt use is convergent with a spectrum of serious antisocial behavior and comorbid psychological distress. Importantly, results suggest that standard seat belt use policies and campaigns may not be effective for non-seat belt using individuals and a targeted approach may be needed."

So there you go. My layman's interpretation is that you've got to be a mental defective to not use seatbelts. Or you drive a classic car.
 

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Is there a choice for more often than 'always'?
 

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"Findings indicate that non-seat belt use is convergent with a spectrum of serious antisocial behavior and comorbid psychological distress. Importantly, results suggest that standard seat belt use policies and campaigns may not be effective for non-seat belt using individuals and a targeted approach may be needed."
So you've met my brother in law?

I have to love the guy (my sister married him), but in his world seat belts are for pussies, Marlboros are a food group, and doctors kill more people than they heal.

He loves me back though. I know cuz he lets me pay his mortgage for him once a year.
 

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So you've met my brother in law?

I have to love the guy (my sister married him), but in his world seat belts are for pussies, Marlboros are a food group, and doctors kill more people than they heal.

He loves me back though. I know cuz he lets me pay his mortgage for him once a year.
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So is this your brother in law? Is your real name Clark?
 

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Good to see that the majority so far use seat-belts every time the're in a vehicle.

I'm curious to hear from the "seldom" users. What is your reasoning?
 

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I have no sympathy for people who don't wear seat belts. In our "not responsible for my actions" society of today, people need to learn cause and effect.
 

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So is this your brother in law? Is your real name Clark?
The line uttered during that particular scene might be one of the greatest in cinematic history - 'Sh*tter was full!'

:)
 

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One of the biggest reasons to use 'em is because they hold you into the seat a bit. I slide around more without it. Of course safety is important also. But mostly to stop my slippery butt from sliding around the leather.
 

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100% of the time.
 

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I'm motivated to put on a seatbelt because a seatbelt ticket is quite expensive. I've also noticed that without one I feel that I slide side-to-side a bit on turns.

I know that wearing one is safer but I don't consciously think about that aspect very often.
 

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As a retired paramedic with 30 years on the job, I have seen the difference seat belts make.

They may not be much help in high speed head on crashes, but the vast majority of accidents are lower speed and that's where they will save you from a trip to the hospital.
 

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Also, when there's more than one person in the car, seat belts keep the occupants from bumping heads during a crash. Someone not wearing their seat belt can seriously hurt the others in the car when they start bouncing around inside. I always make sure everyone who rides with me buckles up
 

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What Laser Bob said.

My dad was a fire chief and my mom an EMT/firefighter. They could give you hundreds of instances where a seatbelt made a difference. In our family, the car doesn't move until everyone is buckled.
 

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How is not wearing a seatbelt even an option? It literally takes 2 seconds. I don't move the car until everyone is buckled. I have harness on the Elise so that takes a bit longer but the same rule applies.

If I can take 5 minutes to wear all my gear when I go riding I think buckling myself in isn't too strenuous. 10 minutes if I wear riding pants ugh hate those.
 
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