I got into the car this morning. Wore my glasses, checked my mirrors, reviewed the temp gauge, the odometer, the gas tank, the lights, looked to see if rain was coming down, checked my BAC. I did all the things I needed to do to be a safe drive. I used my blinker, I looked over my shoulder, I followed the speed limit. I even tried to move my entire foot when using the gas or brake and not just pivot on a single spot.
Then, I noticed a police car. The MAN was there and my spidey sense started tingling. I realized, I hadn't put on my seat belt. I hurriedly put it on so that I wouldn't be on the short end of "click it or ticket."
Now here's where I throw a question out to all of you.
Why is it a crime not to wear your seatbelt?
Speeding can endanger others. Phoning while driving, shooting up heroin while driving, or drafting the Constitution while driving can all impair the ability to focus on the road and thus put others in harm's way.
But if I make the decision about my own body and what I am willing to suffer through were I to get into an accident, then why should the state have the right to tell me that that is wrong? Has the medical insurance lobby made the case that their payouts go up if people get more hurt? Is this an extension of the law against suicide? I don't get it.
If you know the legal reasoning behind making it punishable by a fine if I don't wear my seat belt, please pass the info my way. Thanks.