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W.Va. buckles down with new seat belt law in effect

July 11, 2013

PARKERSBURG — “Click it or ticket” took on a new life in West Virginia Tuesday. The West Virginia State Police said the seat belt law became a primary offense as of July 9....

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KOMBATBOOTS

Jul-11-13 6:00 AM

I wonder when they will startdoling out fines at McDonalds to people who are over eating? It might "save" their life. We're all going to die one day, that's just a fact! Ending our lives early due to bad personal choices should be just that, freedom of choice.

Now you're going to make a driving adult responsible for their adult passenger's poor decisions? That is BS!!!!!

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IFHPED

Jul-11-13 7:06 AM

I hate wearing my belt as it rides across my throat, and no adjustment helps. I have a pad on it, but it doesn't help much. But, I guess if I have to wear it, I will.

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southgrad

Jul-11-13 7:41 AM

Mrs. Tiano and I have met on a couple different occasions. She should be focusing more on "Teen Impaired Drivers and such and leave the Adults alone".

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Belmont

Jul-11-13 8:35 AM

So now the new slogan is "seat belts save lives". Remember when the slogan was "55 saves lives"?

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Jimlb49

Jul-11-13 9:08 AM

This has been law for many years and not enforced. Very few citations have been written. The same will hold true for cell and texting use. All the city, state and county tax base, would get A huge boost if all three were enforced. Daily I see all these being violated.

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hindsight

Jul-11-13 9:37 AM

""We understand that this law will be difficult for those people who grew up not having a seat belt law," Collins said. "No adult wants to be told what to do; but as the seat belt and cell phone laws remain in place over time, there will be a generation of people who have never known any different."

The bottom line in this statement hold true for why we have people who don't know their rights in this nation. In the same statement mentioning the passage of time is why unjust laws are followed blindly by society and predictable outcome of society siding with the law over common sense or the constitution. A drivers license was meant to be used as safe standards of those involved in commercial use of transport. It later became accepted as "we all need one" to "we all have to have it to drive". This might be true for commercial use but untrue for personal travel. If you google " Driver Licensing VS. Right to travel " you will find ca

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hindsight

Jul-11-13 9:37 AM

""We understand that this law will be difficult for those people who grew up not having a seat belt law," Collins said. "No adult wants to be told what to do; but as the seat belt and cell phone laws remain in place over time, there will be a generation of people who have never known any different."

The bottom line in this statement hold true for why we have people who don't know their rights in this nation. In the same statement mentioning the passage of time is why unjust laws are followed blindly by society and predictable outcome of society siding with the law over common sense or the constitution. A drivers license was meant to be used as safe standards of those involved in commercial use of transport. It later became accepted as "we all need one" to "we all have to have it to drive". This might be true for commercial use but untrue for personal travel. If you google " Driver Licensing VS. Right to travel " you will find ca

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hindsight

Jul-11-13 9:46 AM

You will find case law proving rights have been converted to a privilege by use of public ignorance of the laws and enforcement of such arbitrary laws. To use such a enforcement is really another matter I could get into but to stay on topic I won't. Simply the idea we except such as law is only going to bring more restrictions. When simply a driver's license isn't needed to travel. but if you are involved in commerce then it is. It is that simple. Sadly without case law or assertion of your rights clear up to going in front of the judge most people would rather avoid trouble and follow commands. Ohio even enforces it to the point of jailing an unlicensed driver. But a smart person who knows what to do will walk away with their head high and a great law suit to where it wouldn't happen to them again. yet the person unknowing of these laws and loopholes would surely pay the fines and go on. This is why the laws even when unjust are never changed and say "it is for the greater go

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hindsight

Jul-11-13 9:52 AM

This is why the laws even when unjust are never changed and say "it is for the greater good" . It is why so many will continue to accept things thinking there is no way to change them. But until WV gets voter initiatives and recall. ( which at state level you do not have) They will in Charleston be your Sovereign masters and you only get one real say every 4 years. The rest of the time they lord over you with only Federal restriction on them.

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Privatized

Jul-11-13 10:52 AM

Seat belts do prevent injuries, they've saved my bacon more than once. But many are ill fitting and dangerous because of this. I'm talking about the ones that won't adjust enough to work properly. Do you think your throat can take the impact?

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RonInOhio

Jul-11-13 3:00 PM

Based on the comments posted it's easy to see why West Virginia needs adult supervision. Having been in auto accidents with and without seatbelts (I wasn't driving) I can tell you I never ride without one. Maybe you haven't experienced the laws of physics yet? E=MC2 is a fact, not a theory. The government makes all sorts of laws for those of us that can't figure it out on our own. I assume you are also in the group that thinks helmet laws are unecessary. Most motrocycle accidents end in fatalities when a helmet is not worn. Pretty simple to understand yet WV has one of the highest ATV fatality rates. Guess what? No helmet. WV also has the highest Drunk Driving rate in the nation. Everytime I drive home from Charleston at night I see cars weaving all over. People just don't pay attention to things that are just simple precautions that are great ideas. I follow basic rules and laws because I find most of them to follow basic common sense. What part of that don't you get?

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RonInOhio

Jul-11-13 3:10 PM

To continue on with my rant: Seatbelts do more than "save lives". they keep you in place while controlling your vehicle. They keep you positioned properly if your airbags deploy. I personally refuse to ride with anyone that won't wear a seatbelt. I won't allow my car to move if a passenger removes theirs. I call it being responsible for the passengers and for my behavior that could impact other people around me. I am okay with other not wearing seatbelts, jsut stay out of cars. Problem solved. I assume you will try to respond with some ridiculous assertion and I hope you do think more than a few seconds about this. I would be happy to provide some basic physics examples that would drive the point home.

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WALLYinWV

Jul-11-13 9:45 PM

Hey RonInOhio...Wrap that seat belt around your neck and pull hard on both ends. WV'ians don't need someone from Ohio telling us what is good for us. We are grown ups and can think for ourselves, thank you very much.

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KOMBATBOOTS

Jul-12-13 6:48 AM

RonInOhio, there is no need for insults, Bucky. You need to slow your roll because most of us intelligent mountaineers are not opposing seat belt usage, we are opposing having our right to choose taken away. We don't want our freedoms removed, we don't want to have more reasons to possibly be pulled over because an official "who needs glasses" wants to check and see if we are belted in! Most people with common sense wear a seatbelt for personal protection, but I do not want to be told what I have to do to protect myself as an adult, and I SURE AS HE## DON"T WANT ANY MORE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OTHER ADULTS!!!! I pay enough for adults who fail to make good decisions for themselves!

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RealityInTheMOV

Jul-12-13 8:33 AM

Hey Ron, which state requires motorcyclists to wear helmets and which one doesn't? To me, that shoots your entire ridiculous rant right in the foot. Bottom line is, if you don't like our laws, stay on your side of the river.

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