State laws mandating the use of seatbelts in cars Adult pic exchange and talk
While the merits of legislation that requires motorists to engage in behavior for their own safety is open to debate by policymakers, an important consideration in this discussion is whether mandatory seatbelt laws actually increase the percentage of vehicle occupants who buckle up and prevent crash-related fatalities.
An interesting study conducted by researchers at Harvard University Department of Economics provides some insight into the impact of seatbelt laws on traffic fatalities.
For some, it may be difficult to understand the arguments of states without seatbelt laws.
Essentially, the argument of such states comes down not to a dispute as to whether it’s safer to use seatbelts, but instead the reasoning tends to hinge on the concept of free choice.
The researchers conclude that increased seatbelt use does reduce the number of people who are killed in car crashes without increasing risk-taking motivated by a false sense of security.
The next stage of the analysis in understanding the impact of mandatory seatbelt laws involves determining whether the laws actually increase seatbelt usage among vehicle occupants.
Because the likelihood of receiving a citation is higher in primary violation states, driving behavior was more significantly impacted by seatbelt laws in these states.
While the researchers found that primary seatbelt laws increased usage by 22 percent, secondary seatbelt laws were only half as effective.
Those who argue against requiring seatbelts may say that sometimes personal responsibility has to be legislated in order to protect citizens.Statistics show that the fatality rates in car accidents are highest on rural roads in the states that don't make drivers and passengers to wear their seatbelts.In contrast, accident fatality rates are lower in states that require strapping oneself in with a seatbelt.If you or someone close to you is involved in an auto accident, our Georgia car wreck attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast.No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.