Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 18:32:48 GMT From: th <someguynospamwhere.se> Subject: Re: About seatbelts Was: Do You Have A Glove Box?
Bengt ÷sterdahl wrote: > On Mon, 01 Nov 2004 15:40:00 GMT, Shane Almeida > <almeida.spam.is.evilnospam.is.evil.mindless.com> wrote: > > >>I'm of the opinion that the government should do whatever they can to help >>you make yourself safe. Make sure the roads are in good shape, properly >>lit, clear of debris, etc. Make sure car companies provide seat belts, >>air bags, safety cages, etc. But, I have a hard time accepting that the >>government should require me, an adult, to wear a seat belt. I'll accept >>seatbelt laws for minors because they haven't developed common sense, but >>once you're an adult, it should be up to you to look after yourself. > > > The reason why my opinion differs from yours when it comes to adults > wearing or not wearing seatbelts is as follows: > > If we (all citizens i a given country) finance our hospitals with our taxes > means that I have to pay for for the care of injured people hurt in car > accidents (I accept that). I don't want to pay for injures that could have > been avoided by use of seatbelts. That's why I advocate the use of seatbelt > (and other safety measures). This also holds for countries where the hospitals and health care are funded more by insurance funds. All traffic injuries just increase the insurance fee and I will have to pay for other peoples "freedom" to look after themselves. Thus, people not wearing seatbelts are basically stealing from those who are more cautious, wearing seatbelts and paying their taxes/insurance fees. Having legislation controlling seat belt usage is thus comparable with having legislation controlling fraud, corruption etc. -- th