Do You Think Seat Belts Should Be Mandatory By Law?

In some countries (E. g. Norway) it's mandatory to use the seat belt in both buses and cars. If you don't use them, you may get fined. Please explain Why you thinks so. #Law #Justice #SeatBelt

My Opinion:
I think people should use seat belts and especially in cars, but I don't think it's possible to enforce the law properly when it comes to buses. Why I think it's okay having a law when it comes to cars, but not buses is because of it's pointless to fine people more than 200$ when the buses are full and there's not enough seats available. The bus companies here doesn't have enough seats in the buses or enough available buses, so when many people at the same time wants to take the bus, some people have to stand. Off course people could wait for the next bus, but there may take 30 minutes to several hours before the next bus comes.

The government complains about not enough people taking the bus or other public transport, that too many people drives their own cars and that people are polluting a lot. They even wants to make driving people pay several hundred dollars sometimes for using the roads because fixing the roads and the pollution problems are problematic. Yet they can't solve the problem of my country having too few buses so there's not enough seats for everyone and the prices are also more expensive nowadays than earlier on. In the past a bus ticket cost ca. 2$, but nowadays it costs ca. 5$ - 6,5$ per person. Yet they can't afford "giving" people more buses.

So:
1. People gets fined ca. 200$ for not using the seat belts
2. There's not enough seats or buses available. People won't wait more than an hour for the next bus
3. The government complains about too many people driving cars
4. The road pricing and pollution taxes are expensive, so many can't afford driving either
5. A bus ticket cost 5 - 6,5$ per person, yet the buses can't afford more seats
6. It's expensive to have polices controlling the buses
Do You Think Seat Belts Should Be Mandatory By Law?
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  • "In some countries (E. g. Norway) it's mandatory to use the seat belt in both buses and cars. If you don't use them, you may get fined."
    Try doing that in any other country, and there will be riots.

    I don't think seatbelts should be mandatory for anyone, in any vehicle.
    Why? Simple.
    Because not tying a seatbelt is risking your OWN life. Unlike other traffic violations like drunk driving, speeding, or reckless overtaking, not wearing a seatbelt does NOT in any way endanger others on the road.
    The only way an unbelted person can injure someone is if the person is in the backseat in a car, and in an accident flied forward, injuring the person in front of him or her. This can be remedied with a simple solution. Let the owner of the car, or if the owner is not present, the current driver, decide if they want to enforce seatbelts. If they want to, and the person on the backseat does not cooperate, the driver simply doesn't start driving. If necessarily, he can call police to remove the individual.
    It's important to mention that this doesn't go backwards - the driver doesn't have a right to ban someone from buckling their belt.

    This applies to busses, trains or planes too - the policies of the public transport line should determine how they want to transport people. Naturally no airline would allow people to go unbuckled, as they are a threat to the plane and the other passengers.

    As for Norway having these policies... Scandinavian countries like to make themselves look like they are the happiest countries... But accordingto North Korean surveys, NK is the happiest country in the world. Now, I don't think Norway is horrible, but I DO think authoritarianism and oppression is widespread there. Remember, just because a policeman is polite and smiles, doesn't mean he isn't oppressive.

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    • The government has this laws because although it would only hurt yourself if an accident happen, it can also hurt the state budget. If people gets injured or dies, it's the government that pays for their healthcare, education and disability benefits (if they gets disabled).

      The government loses millions of Norwegian kroner on young people dying, because the young people often doesn't work full time when studying, so they can't pay enough taxes covering both the healthcare and education costs. So when we've an universal healthcare and education system, I thinks it's understandable they've these laws. But I do also find some of them impractical considering making the police control people are also expensive and there's not enough bus seats.

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    • You've interesting and good points, so I think it's weird the Norwegian government didn't think over it. I'm not sure if it was the right or left parties that made this law though.

      I've been in trouble once time when I took the bus. I had to pay ca. 150$ for paying on the bus; in the middle of the trip with the app instead of paying before entering the bus. The new law says I've to pay on the bus app two minutes before entering the bus or something like that. I didn't know it and paid in the middle of the trip. No one informed me in advance. Still paid the fine though.

    • Sounds to me like it is less about the safety of the citizens, and more about collecting exorbitant fines TBH.

      by the way I am about 90% sure it was some left wing party that proposed it - that tends to be the case in Europe nowadays, that is, the establishment seeking power over the people through leftist ideology and socialism - but really, authoritarianism is neither left nor right. It just sucks.

  • No. I'm not a fan of. gov telling me that I have to do something, especially when the only reason it's a law is because the insurance companies poured a bunch of money in some legislator's pocket.

    That said, I always wear mine. I think it likely prevented me from being seriously injured when a dumbshit pothead kid decided to pull out in front of me when I was driving down a state highway and rather than gunning it and getting out of the way, he turned sharper and we had a head-on collision. And I had a couple people I knew in high school that were killed in wrecks because they weren't wearing their seat belt.

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  • I think you SHOULD wear them but I don’t think it’s the governments job to enforce. Let people conduct their own lives and don’t slap citizens with expensive tickets for something that’s none of the agency’s business. Sure educate people and they will most likely do what is necessary to protect themselves but don’t waste our taxes on micromanaging our lives

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  • There aren't enough seats on buses and trains. People always stand. Plus inagine if it gets stuck or people dont fit

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    • We've the same problem in Norway too, therefor having a law for it when it comes to public transportation are problematic. Using them in cars isn't a problem however.

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  • No. Who's business is it whether or not I wear my seat belt? I'm a grown man and can make my own decisions.

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  • Every vehicle should have seat belts, but perhaps for buses in safe areas it shouldn't be mandatory that people wear them. If it's a mountainous area though, or if it's windy or hill-y, it should be mandatory. There's too many horror stories of 20+ people getting injured or killed in bus crashes.

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  • I think seat belts in public transport should only be mandatory for the passengers sitting in the first few rows of double-decker buses.

    People rarely die in buses, and when they do it is in accidents where they scrape people's remains off crumpled sheets of metal, and seat belts don't help in such cases.

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  • Seatbelt use in cars is mandatory in most US states. Seatbelts save lives.

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  • No, because I am sick of the government regulating every minute detail of everyday life. Not to mention nobody obeys them anyway.

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    • The Norwegian government wants people to use seat belts because it's expensive for the government if someone gets injured or dies in an accident. We've universal healthcare and education that are quite expensive for our state. If a young person gets treatment or dies, the government would lose millions of Norwegian kroner (hundred of dollars), because the person hasn't worked enough to pay the taxes to cover the healthcare and education costs. Young people works less than older adults.

      I understands why the government wants to do it, but sometimes it's not very practical and enforcing the law may be too expensive too.

    • "The Norwegian government wants people to use seat belts because it's expensive for the government if someone gets injured or dies in an accident."
      Then why don't lock everyone in prison cubes?
      I mean, you can't really harm yourself if you do that.
      Just strap everyone down for the night, make them walk in chains during the day, give them ready-made food so they don't have to use dangerous knives that they can harm themselves with...

      This totalitarian "great good" thought process is what lead to the Holodomor. Just fucking saying.

    • by the way if your government can't pay for the healthcare from the taxes that are already one of the highest in the entire world, then perhaps they have to find better means of utilizing tax money. As far as I know, Norway has low corporate taxes. Maybe raise that, instead of taking it out on the little man.

  • here in the uk its obviously the law to use them in cars and i think coaches have to have them fitted but its down to whether or not you are an idiot as to actually using them... in city busses they are not fitted but they aren't really needed due to impracticalities and the slow pace. can't even think of one instance of someone on a city bus being injured because they didn't have a seat belt

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  • Is it mandatory in my country. I don't see in what them being mandatory is a problem honestly. It have been proved this is a good things for safety and all so
    But I'm not sure if in buses they're mandatory in France, personally I never used them, it was a very old busses and it was too troublesome to use the belt, nobody ever said anything to me for it.

    I'm for it to be mandatory because there's many people that need a law like this to use their belts if not they would never use it.

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  • Busses are different. I don't think most school busses have seatbelts nor do drivers have the time to inspect each and every child to see that they do.

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  • When we bought our first car, they weren't standard, thus I bought some and installed them myself and asked her to promise me to use them. within 2 weeks I got a phone call. She reacted too late to an unexpected bus maneuver, and hit it at 50 mph. The car was total loss. I couldn't get between the seat and the steering wheel.

    She had only some hematomas on the chest.
    Since then, no car starts its engine before everyones' seat belts are on.

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  • A lot of car accidents happen and some lead to death or serious injury. That problem would be eliminated or decreased if people would actually use their seat belts. On buses I don't think it's really beneficial because at times the bus can get really crowded and there aren't enough seats where a person would be able to use a seat belt.

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  • Cars yes buses no. Too many people have crashed through car windows. Buses offer more protection due to their size. And it would be inconvenient because people are getting on and off the bus. Plus there's people who stand when it's packed.

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  • It is mandatory in most if not all states here in the US. Yes I agree that it should be mandatory to wear them.

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  • In my country they are mandatory in cars, and everyone uses them.

    In buses they are optional. Buses don't normally have them, most likely because they circulate at a low speed and a seat belt won't do much on an accident.

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  • If you're dumb enough to not use one then that's 100% your in fault. Natural selection

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  • For everyone but me, yeah. I don't like seatbelts and I also have a high pain tolerance.
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  • NO the government need to stay out of shit. bad enough that they are in everything else.

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  • if you want to go flying out of a vehicle hitting you at 80 mph or a drunk driver hitting your car...

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  • On buses if they crash into something they plow right through it so seatbelts don't really save lives there like they do in cars.

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  • No we need far less people on earth to keep the human race from going extinct so we need far more people in accidents

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  • Yes in cars because the reprocussions and chances a car is hit and hit hard is more likely than a bus

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  • And what if there aren't enough seats? Do you just arrest the person cause there aren't any seats?

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    • There's no arresting or imprisonment here, but there may be fining. There's some lenient police people out there who doesn't care, so many standing passengers gets away with it.

    • So whats the point to the argument... whats the point in enforcing a law bout seatbelts if ur saying people can get away with it

  • Its mandatory in my country but not in public transport.

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  • Yes in Cars they are already mandatory and you have to wear them. If you get caught you have to pay a fine. Busses are a different topic. Because people have to stand most of the time. Only in Busses that travel long distances and everyone has a seat that they pay for you have to wear seatbelts. Trains are also a another topic. Most trains do have seatbelts and you can reserve a seat. But if it's full you have to sit between the train sections or stand in the Waggons. Not a chance you can wear a seatbelt. It's actually the Companys for trains and Busses must change something

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  • They already are in my country. Failure to wear them will incur, I think, a fine of $1000.00.

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  • No! My body, my choice. Plus the government should be getting less revenue, not more.

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  • They are mandatory. In some states you can even lose your liscense for not using it.

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  • In cars yes, because you can go through the window if you was to crash

    On buses no

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  • yes. for one simple reason. they save lives.

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  • Another law 😒😒

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  • absolutely!

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  • Your opinion sounds good.

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  • Here in Canada they are the law.

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  • No at least not in buses because it's useless

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  • Same in Albania

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  • Yes cus it has saved my life a few times

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  • It baffles me really that I rode a school bus for 4 years and was never required to wear a seat belt. Our field trip buses had seatbelts but they were never enforced, and the bus that took us home didn't even have them. Of all the safety things required for youth---you'd think seatbelts would be top priority, but no. I've been in a major car accident as a kid so I am definitely a fan of seatbelts for cars and I would support them in school or city buses too.

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  • Seatbelts just make good sense for you and any other passenger in the car. Road tax is ok if it actually gets spent on the roads. Public transport should pay for itself and be cheap if done right.

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