• Apr 29, 2010
Now it's just New Hampshire. For decades, any effort in Georgia to require universal seatbelt use couldn't get passed – such matters would just get stuck in the throat of the House by extra-regulation-resistant rural lawmakers. The consistent rejection kept pickup truck driving adults from being legally required to buckle up, an exemption that drove safety advocates up the wall.
According to The Washington Post, however, statistics about needless deaths, avoidable accidents and potential medical cost savings seem to have finally connected with enough House members to send the bill through, with the measure passing by a tally of 132-29.

For what it's worth, not wearing a belt when you're using your pickup truck on a construction site or farming doesn't seem like a contentious issue. Speeds are low and drivers may be in and out of the truck rather regularly, but those situations are not on public roads at normal speeds. Despite what some view as as unneeded regulation, it seems that members of the Georgia House now consider a law requiring adults to buckle up when in pickup trucks (the same as in cars) as a vote for common sense that will keep more money in state coffers.

Now it's just the Granite State as the lone state that doesn't mandate seatbelt use. Live free and/or die?

[Source: The Washington Post | Image: Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Indygbd- Pay attention to Kris on post number 34. Her post makes the most sense. I tried to say the same thing but she said it in far fewer words and much better! It's true that some things just make sense and have to be done that way or else bad things happen....You don't put your hand on a hot stove or in a rat trap!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am 63, been driving since 16. Never worn a seat belt and ain't about to start now. Don't wear seat belt on my motorcycle either, no safeties ( conventional ) on my handgun or in my nightstand. I am responsible for my self and have been doing a great job all these years. Healthy, safe driver and gun owner. So, jam your helmut laws and seat belt laws, I am FREE.
        margaret duhon
        • 4 Years Ago
        COOL CHARLES, I agree 100%. Grew up in South Louisiana never wore a seat bealt moved to Texas as an adult and REFUSE to wear one, and its my choice :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reading articles like this make me proud to be from NH. You're darn right we don't have an adult seat belt law and we don't need one. We also don't have a helmet law either for adults.

      I always wear my seat belt and my helmet though because it's the responsible thing to do. We don't need to legislate common sense in the name of "safety." Safety is just a euphemism for "revenue enhancement".
        margaret duhon
        • 4 Years Ago
        sounds great to me, I should be able to find a good job and move to New Hampshire then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Talking about New Hampshire, They do have a seat belt law but to a certain extent. I was driving through the state to go to Maine. Their law is any new drivers ( 16-17) must wear seat belts until 18. Passengers ( infants-16) must be belted. Infants and small children must be special seats and belted. I saw the sign on I-95 in New Hampshire when I was passing through the state.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The first seat belts mandated by fed regs. were installed in cars in 1964. Then came the buckle up laws,helmet laws for motorcycles, trans fats banned in NYC,calorie count on menus,no toys in Happy meals(tears well up here). Why it's all common sense isn't it? But the need for government to mandate it to individuals isn't. We were born free and regulated into serfdom. God and regulatory bureaucracies are the only immortal things on this planet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I had a 1959 Ford Galaxy 500 and I install seat belts in it. They were lap belts. I also had a 1964 Rambler American. That car had front belts but no rear ones. I install rear ones because of a child seat. I always wear seat belt because it saved my life over 20 years ago. I was in a roll over. Roll overs happen when you least expect it, margaret duhon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      margaret duhon- Have you ever been in a bad car wreck where you were in control? Apparently you haven't yet; I say yet. I hope you live through it and don't take others with you. Wearing a seatbelt is just common sense. Just imagine yourself as a tennis shoe made of blood and bone and going through a dryer cycle for 30 seconds.
        margaret duhon
        • 4 Years Ago
        Again, like I said, its MY CHOICE and my own risk if I choose to take it. Just like anyone who rides a motercycle without a helmet, that's their choice!!!
      upurs
      • 4 Years Ago
      these government thieves need to be hanged in public all they do is find new ways to steal money form.."we the people"...while they are exempt from these laws...all they do suck the a$$es of the rich and collude with them to rob everyone of us...it would be so nice to see them get back what they have been stealing from the american people...and the in-human laws/taxes that they make us live under..!
      marilyn bailey
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good thing "grammer," or lack there of, is Not a crime, yet!!!! Lee would be doing LIFE! I know this is NOT the topic, but I had to read his nonsense 3 times to finally understand what he was trying to say......It is said; "the uneducated," are usually more careless..... Besides, there is a millionair doc....trying to find love on this site! This is one reason I'm ready to "ditch" aol.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Georgia
      Charles Darwin frowns on your shenanigans of trying to save stupid people from themselves.
      Dennis
      • 4 Years Ago
      you pork eatin' ding dongs...at least wait till you have the health insurance that you are entitled to before you find it necessary to peal your sloping forehead and those of your drooling chillins off of the wind shield...overwhelmingly...seat belts save lives!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cars are being made safer everyday as are the roads and all that leaves is personal luck and free will and I don't think the govt should be regulating either. We don't need seat belt laws as me crashing not wearing one doesnt hurt anyone but me. Its another cash generating tool for counties and this kind of silly laws should be banned.
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