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Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 17:26:53 GMT
From: Bengt ÷sterdahl <bengt.osterdahlTA”–>
Subject: About seatbelts  Was: Do You Have A Glove Box?

On Mon, 01 Nov 2004 15:40:00 GMT, Shane Almeida <> 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). BTW: I use the same reasoning as stated for my wish for the banning of (for instance) the use of tobacco. /Bengt in Sweden

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