Brooke wrote: You are an odd person. I imagine what happened was that people in the medical profession saw a lot of horrific injuries and deaths that could have been prevented by simply wearing seat belts and helmets. Being responsible people they decided to publicize it and then someone got the bright idea of making laws to try and influence people to comply for their own good and that of their children. Adults do not have to comply with these laws if they do not want to. They are free to pay the fines if caught. What is the big freaking deal? No one is forcing anyone to do anything. There are plenty of dumb folks around and if they need laws to tell them to protect their children then so be it. They are free to do what they want.
Because you have strange ideas, what do you think? It is personal, you are offering YOUR OPINIONS.not4u13 wrote:Why would you start out a response with the statement "you are an odd person"? What purpose does that serve when trying to have a discussion? Why do you insist on making this personal instead of just sticking to the posts?
They have a choice. Either comply or disobey and take a chance on getting caught.not4u wrote:Your assertion that people can go around this country intentionally disobeying laws as an example of them exercising their freedoms is a bit awkward don't you think? How is it freedom when you are forced to pay a fine or be subject to jail time?
Unfortunately, we live in a country with millions of people. When the irresponsible do not make wise decisions regarding their own safety and those of their children they put other peoples' lives in danger. So, the laws are really trying to protect innocent lives from the irresponsible.not4u wrote:Of course there are people who demonstrate a lack of common sense and intelligence on any given day in this country. Do you really think it is the business of government to protect those people from themselves?
People who do not use seat belts and helmets are putting other peoples' lives in danger. Their acts can affect the lives of other people not4u, you know that. If you want to live in a country where everyone is free to act as irresponsibly as they want to then you will likely have to buy yourself a deserted island somewhere. There are just too many people who can be hurt in the USA by those who have that kind of attitude.not4u wrote:The big freaking deal is that the people of this country should be free to choose how they want to live their lives, as long as they are not infringing upon others in the process of doing so. Smoking ordinances are in place because a smoker cannot control where the smoke from their cigarette goes. So, when they smoke, they are infringing on others around them who wish to breathe air absent the cigarette smoke.
not4u wrote:A seatbelt law and a helmet law that specifically targets adults operating vehicles on public highways is telling people that they must comply with that law or risk fines and even imprisonment does not qualify as restricting the rights of one in order that they may not infringe on another.
How many people who have been in traffic accidents have killed and injured other people? I would say that is the ultimate infringement on another person's life.