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Click It or Ticket campaign heats up for summer

Original post made on May 16, 2012

Police will be enforcing seat belt usage by drivers and passengers, but will also be issuing citations for those who do not have children under the age of 8 properly buckled into an appropriate child safety seat.

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Posted by Tired
a resident of San Ramon
on May 16, 2012 at 7:02 am

I get it...seat belts save lives. However, it should be my choice if I want to wear a seat belt or not. ...I hate the fact that Big Brother is always watching...


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Posted by bz
a resident of Danville
on May 16, 2012 at 8:17 am

Here we go again! Seems to me we need more reasons to get $ into the coffers. I totally agree with "Tired!"
That said, be sure your seat belt is fastened the "correct" way. I was pulled over and ticketed because my seat belt was under my arm. A bit ridiculous!


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Danville
on May 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Tired -

If your choice didn't affect me, I might agree. But, if I have to pay for the EMTs to scrape your brains off the road after you've been thrown from the car in an accident, then it does affect my wallet.

Bottom line: driving is a privilege, not a right -- so, it comes with certain conditions. Wearing a seat belt is one. Stopping at red lights is another (no matter how much you might want it to be your "choice").


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Posted by Catherine
a resident of Danville
on May 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Sam, it really is all about the money for the coffers as seat belts can kill as well. One of my dear sorority sisters was killed from internal injuries caused by wearing her seat belt.


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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on May 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

As with motorcycle helmets, Sam has a certain point regarding the uninsured and the expense of fire departments & other emergency responders.
In this case though I still tend to agree with "Tired" for the simple reason that the police will save FAR more lives (and write far more tickets and make far more money) by agressivley ticketing those on cell phones.


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Posted by Tired
a resident of San Ramon
on May 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Sam, the taxes that I pay are often spent on things that I don't feel I should pay for either....

Catherine, sorry for your loss. I have to agree that depending on the situation, seat belts can save or kill you.

I wish that the police would spend their time on the people on their cell phones or driving while texting....


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

No reason that police can't enforce both, and go after the idiots going 60mph on Camino Tassajara and Sycamore Valley Road.

Seat belts save lives, pure and simple. Sorry to hear about the sorority sister who died. But, the statistics show that that is the very rare case. the evidence is overwhelming that seat bealts save FAR more lives that are ever lost because someone was wearing one. Not even a close call.


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Posted by Aubrey
a resident of Alamo
on May 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

It's amazing how big the nanny state has become and personal responsibility has faltered.

While seat belts, helmets, and cell phones ARE NOT stupid, the state laws governing their use definitely ARE stupid. Another case of tax dollars at rest.

I pay taxes and health/auto insurance premiums. If I choose NOT to wear a seat belt sometimes, my monetary contributions more than cover the cost if I'm injured during those times, no one else is monetarily affected...


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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2012 at 9:45 am

Folks:

1 -- does your objection extend to legal requirements that seatbelts be included in all cars sold? Costs money, after all. What about red lights and stop signs -- aren't they an expensive incursion on your liberties?

2 -- would it surprise you to know that NHTSA studies, verified by many others, demonstrate that between fully 40-50% of occupant fatalities are avoided by seatbelt use? There Is another study that reduces that number by less than half, because it corrects for the fact that the idiots who fail to wear seatbelts are Much more likely to be crappy drivers who get in catastrophic accidents from which there are no survivors, regardless.

With all due respect to the statistically unlucky, dont you have to play the odds in these matters? Seatbelts put the odds dramatically in your favor. Frankly, it's remarkable to me that this is a matter of debate -- I blame our education system, I guess.


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Posted by bz
a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Amusing...Just after I wrote my comment about not really "appreciating" our police focusing on the WAY a person elects to wear a seat belt, I passed a patrol car driving in front of an elementary school. Interestingly, the officer was holding a phone to his ear! Guess the logic doesn't "go both ways!"
Doesn't make a lot of sense to me.....


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Danville
on May 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Sorry, Aubrey, you are wrong. Your insurance premiums do not cover the cost of EMT services coming to the scene of the accident to treat you or carry your body (or its parts) away.