Funny thing about seat belts...
By Joliet Jake
October 10, 2017 6:15pm CST
I was just sitting and remembering the 'good ol' days'. The days back when a seat belt violation was only $25, and they had to have a different reason to pull you over...a seat belt violation was only an 'incidental' ticket and not a legal reason to pull you over and ticket you for not wearing one. (I also remember the good older days when there was no seat belt law at all) Now, they can pull you over just for that alone...and it's more like $125 after court costs, etc. But the funny thing? In Illinois, all passengers in a vehicle are required to wear a seat belt...front and and back seat. Except for kids riding in a school bus. They are not legally required to wear one. I don't know the logic behind it, because some of those bus drivers...they drive worse than Stevie Wonder. Go figure...
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• United States
I have never understood that either, even when I was a kid (especially when I was a kid barely hanging onto the overcrowded bus seat by the edge of my buttcheek.) Public transit buses don't require seat belts either...or for you to even be seated while they drive.
• Bunbury, Australia
We don't have to have seat belts for passengers in the bus we turned into a motor-home because it was built before seat belts were compulsory. But as soon as we change the seats we'll need to install seat-belts. In cars, everyone must wear a seat-belt. There are also different size booster seats for children according to their weight and fines if you don't comply. So grandparents have to follow the rules too. We have so many rules about everything. Truly a 'nanny' country.
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
The reason the seat belt laws are in place is that government is playing Big Brother to us and some police officers that I know have told me their horror stories of seeing kids dying in their arms in car accidents because they did not wear their seat belts.
In my country, seat belt laws started in cars a lot before than in school buses. The last law is that kids under 9 have to have toddler´s seats in the back. Fortunatly my youngest granddaughter is not the heavy kind. I bet some children will not have seat belt as big as their butts.
• United States
It's the same with an RV. The kids don't have to use seatbelts. Which, to me, is scarier because things shift around and were jolted from side to side while driving. I wonder why it's okay to not have seatbelts in an RV but it's required in almost every other vehicle?