Seat Belt Law
Timothy J. Mann
Today in society it seems our government is taking away more and more of our rights. A law that I would like to discuss is the seat belt law. “New York was the first state to pass a law which required vehicle occupants to wear seat belts, a law that came into effect on Dec 1, 1984.” Where I live here in Indiana, they passed their first seat belt law on July 1, 1987. If you were pulled over in Indiana after July 1, 1987 and you were not wearing your seat belt, and over the age of 16, you would receive a $25 fine. This law makes no sense to me. What about all the children that are 16 years of age and under? Why would our government include anyone 16 years of age and older in this law, but not include children under the age of 16? When they first passed this law it excluded anyone riding in a truck or a SUV titled as a truck. On Dec 29, 2008 Indiana passed a law stating that all people whether in a car or truck, must wear a seat belt, and any child under the age of 8 years old must be restrained in a car seat. “Indiana law also makes it illegal to ride in the bed of a pickup truck or to have more occupants in a vehicle than there are seat belts.” Officials say that the passing of this law, and the use of click it or ticket has increased the use of seat belts in Indiana. There are of course a few exceptions to this law. Persons working on a farm, driving a farm truck, delivery drivers, people riding in the back of an recreational vehicle, or ambulance, people riding in a public utility emergency and occupants other than the operator of a garbage truck, tow truck, or a truck on a construction site, and those who have a doctors excuse exempting them from the law. The child restraint law was padded in Indiana in July 1, 2005. “Indiana’s new seat belt, and child restraint law took effect July1, 2005.” Infants until they are at least 1 year of...
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