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  • Smell Ya Later Occutards!

    I’ll start wearing my seat belt when motorcyclists start wearing theirs.

    • Guest

      I want to be ejected from my car so I, too, can kiss tar just like a biker!

      • Anonymous

        The good side of very bad news–when states take away laws requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets, organ donations go up.

        • Anonymous

          “Donorcycle”

        • Guest

          I think it was a Dear Abby that said the head of an organ bank had joked to her that the bikers w/o helmets were a favorite. Young and healthy and they don’t  need the brains anyway. :(

    • Superuser23

      Also, bicyclists who use the road start to wear a helmet too

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like the logic my 6 year old would use. I wish you and your windshield well.

    • Anonymous

      seat belts on motorcycles  ??

  • melibusa

     I wore my seat belt long before it became a law. I don’t feel comfortable with out it.  That said the following statement brought to mind a comment Nikita Khrushchev, then the
    Russian President, made at the UN. It is something like this, “we will conquer you through your children”. 

    “It is just unexplainable to me,” Williams said. “When you look at the history with children reminding parents to buckle up. 

  • I still say that this should ONLY be a law for 18 and younger or 21 and younger. It should be a choice if we want to wear it or not. People have different opinions on this and I am sure that I will get to hear alot from this just remember it is my opinion!

    • Anonymous

       why, does age make you less immune to dying in an accident?

      • Anonymous

        What concern of the government is it if I die in an accident. It’s my life it’s my choice. Get government out of my life!

        • Anonymous

          How about the fact that maybe you and another get in an unavoidable collision
          Because.you were not wearing.your seatbelt you were ejected and killed instantly while if you.had worn it you would have survived. That other.driver.will remember for.the rest.of their lives you died.in that accident with them. It will be a guilt regardless of fault all because of.your childless I want government out of my.life ways. Seatbelts were installed for a reason. There is no.good reason to not use them except immature rebellion.

          • Anonymous

            Your reasoning still has absolutely no basis behind it as to why it is the governments responsibility to spend tax payer money enforcing unconstitutional laws. 

          • Anonymous

            You have offered no proof as to why you consider seatbelt laws to be unconstitutional.

            I’m curious if you have enough savings to pay up to, say, a million dollars in medical bills if you’re seriously injured due to not using your seat belt–and if you’d be willing to pay out of pocket rather than use your insurance, so MY insurance premiums won’t go up due to your choices. I assume you’re an individual who might remind people now and then of the importance of “personal responsibility”…

          • Anonymous

            This argument is a new one for me.  But, by your logic, if someone can’t handle the consequences of life, they should be in a rubber room somewhere.  People die. It’s a fact of life.  If you can’t handle the very real possibility that you could kill someone the next time you drive – then don’t drive.  People die with seatbelts on.  Cars are built safer and safer – but people still die in accidents every day.

            Having programs to encourage seatbelt use is a laudible function of government.  Passing laws to require adults to act more safely (an argument) than they naturally do is a function of the nanny state, and has no place in our Republic.

            What’s next?  HANS devices for every motorist?  NASCAR found them to be more safe than not wearing them.  How about a giant, inflatable balloon?  Wouldn’t that be even safer??  When does it stop?

        • Anonymous

          If the accident doesn’t kill you–if it just severely damages you–your medical care is going to raise MY health insurance rates.

          If the damage is permanent, my tax money will go towards your SSI disability payments. I won’t complain–I know people can make mistakes like choosing not to wear seatbelts. But your position is annoying.

          • Anonymous

            My thoughts EXACTLY!!  If you want to drive without a seatbelt (and/or motorcycle helmet), prove to the state that you have more than enough of your *PRIVATE* insurance to cover all of your medical/living expenses in case you’re permanently disabled.

          • Anonymous

            No your health insurance premiums go up constantly because of the over abundant layers of pencil pushers and administrators  the insurance companies pay top dollar for.
            Your tax money will always go towards whatever the government sees fit to put it towards…that’s just the way it is.

      • Since you are not considered an adult until the age of 18. The only reason why I said maybe 21 is to the fact that you cant legally drink until 21.

    • Anonymous

      Ah, Jaymee, but there’s money and politics that account for lots more than your opinion(or mine)!  Since the Feds pushed all the states into seat belt laws and threatened to withold Federal highway money if the states did not adopt same, Maine government(legislators and politicians) caved to the wishes of the Federal government.  So your ‘choice'(and mine) is really dictated by the Feds.

    • Anonymous

      That’s how it is in New Hampshire and should be everywhere in my opinion. You cannot legislate or dictate what should be common sense.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Mr Carter…Put the helmet on the motorcyclists and I will gladly do the seat belt.. What makes these riders bettter??

    • Anonymous

      The government shouldn’t be telling cars to use seat belts or motorcyclists to wear helmets, it’s not their job!

    • Anonymous

      So… you’re aware that wearing your seatbelt could prevent serious injury or save your life in a crash, but you’re not going to do it until motorcyclists are mandated to wear helmets…. your logic is bewildering.

    • Anonymous

      Has nothing to do with the riders being any better and a whole lot to do with the fact that motorcyclists have a group called UBM that has pushed hard and lobbied against mandatory helmet laws and prevailed.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see, I’ve got to be buckled in a tin can I’m driving “BUT” I can come home, hop on a motorcycle “WITHOUT” a helmet and ride on the same road, makes a lot  of sense …………………………. of course, what am I thinking, expecting OUR politicians too make sense ……………… foolish me!!

    • Anonymous

      And…you can drive around all day with a class C license in a 15,000 lb GVW motor home, but you need a class A license to drive a dump truck that weighs the same.

  • If they would make a seat belt that would not irritate my neck, I would wear it more often. Maybe the State Police will issue a band-aid along with a ticket. Distracted driving is another story. There is no need of it and it should be stopped. Hope they get em all.

    • Guest

      I thought most cars had adjustments on the door post for the seatbelt mounting height. Older cars that didn’t, people used sheepskin sleeves on the belt. I don’t know if they’re still made, though.

      • Mine is an 07 pickup. I will have to check the door post to see if it adjusts. Thanks.

        • Guest

          You might not have it. Pickups have a whole different set of standards (Fed. crash) than passenger vehicles.

  • Anonymous

    I generally wear my seat belt every time I get in my vehicle. It is a habit. However I really don’t understand why our state and federal governments, and the busybodies in this world, think it is their business. If I choose to drive my car into a telephone pole or off a bridge, that’s my business. If I choose to risk my life – it’s my life. Perhaps the next thing they’ll check for is how well I brushed my teeth, or better yet, how well I wiped my rearend. It would be as much the cop’s business as whether I had my seatbelt properly fastened. Nanny state has gone too far…

    • Anonymous

       I would “like” this a hundred times if I could!

    • Superuser23

      Those will be discussed at a future date, but first, the focus is on if you put your dishes away after you are done eating, cook your meat at the right temperature, if you showered, how long men’s beards should be, identifying yourself when you answer your home phone, and finally speaking of risking your own life, if you intend to commit suicide a suicide note must be in a visible, well lit area, failure to do so will result in a fine, even though you are dead.

    •  the bigger worry is who decides if you are distracted, the officer, who decides if he pulls you over for seat belt saying you were speeding but i wont wright you a ticket for that but for the seat belt yes.   Officers are suppose to protect and serve not nanny us.  If i choose to drive and kill my self by not wearing a seat belt it is my right.  we have got to band together and get thees laws off the books and overturned before we start being told how much oxygen we can breath or how much radio we can listen to. 

      • Anonymous

        What’s next you risk not wearing a seat belt and you drop your cell phone and reach down for it and bang accident.  It happens!!!   Why would someone not wear a seatbelt it’s like not belting your child in or  not belting in a babyseat.   What nonsense takes 60 secs. 

    • Anonymous

      Attitudes such as this are why people die because it usually is the innocent that are hurt becuase of these attitudes.  If you want to talk on the phone and not wear a seatbelt or not brush your teeth then take the bus so the rest of the law abiding people on the road are a little safer.

      • Anonymous

        I also brush my teeth regularly, and hopefully wipe sufficiently for your approval.  You make my point very well.  Your perception of my attitude is not important.  I never advocated distracted driving.  I simply pointed out that our police should focus on criminal behavior, and stop acting as “parents.” How does my not wearing a seatbelt affect you in the least?  I have insurance.  I would gladly sign a waiver permitting health care to the limits of my coverage.  If we lived in a socialist/communist country, your argument might make sense.  Last I checked, we lived in a democratic republic.  Freedom was paid for with the blood of many.  Laws like these cheapen the sacrifice of our founders.

  • Anonymous

    In New Hampshire you only have to wear a seat belt if you are 18 or under…..apparently New Hampshire thinks it’s adults can make adult decisions- go figure. 

    What I find the most moronic is that in Maine you can ride a motorcycle with no helmet, in a tank top and shorts with sandals…..and no problem with any of that by the state- but holy cr@p don’t wear your seat belt and all h3ll breaks loose….anyone else see the incongruity with this? 

    • Superuser23

      It’s been seen that way for years, don’t count on the state giving a hoot about how excellent your point is though if you are ever fined for not having a seat belt on.

  • Anonymous

    i don’t understand why any parent would call the police because they can’t get their children to go to bed. since when should that warrant a call to the police?

    • Guest

      My question too. Why do cops even show up?   Its like the one in Boston or NY that recently called 911 because Subway didn’t put mayo on his sub. The dispatcher told him not to buy it.  In the end he was fined for abuse of the 911 system!

  • Here’s another Maine law rarely enforced — if one is using the wipers, headlights are supposed to be turned on.  It’s not a primary offense, but the majority of drivers appear oblivious to the existing law, which has been in place for about 15 years.

    • Guest

      Another obscure law when I got my license in ’71: No driving with bare feet so you can slam on the brakes if needed.

      • Anonymous

        Thats just a myth, not a law at all….

        • Guest

          Our driver ed teacher told us that and had it on a test . That was 41 years ago, and I did say it was obscure. Maybe it isn’t a law anymore? You tell me.

        • Anonymous

          I worked with a young man about 15 years ago that was ticketed for driving without shoes. He left a swimming hole and chose not to wear his boots for the drive home.  I think the fine was about $100.

    • Anonymous

      I can’t tell you how many police cars do not ahere to that one! I see it in Bar Harbor all the time!

  • Anonymous

    As soon as the seat belt laws covers children in school buses let me know. It still amazes me that your kid in your with no seat belt + big ticket. The state on the other hand can pile 40 plus kids into a bus and not have to have a single seat belt in the thing except for the driver?

    • Anonymous

      School buses are the safest form of ground transportation, 40 times safer than passenger vehicles. From the fact the thing is whale compared to everything else on the road to the ATTENTIVE driver, there is no need for seatbelts.

      “About 440,000 public school buses carry 24 million children more than 4.3 billion miles a year, but only about six children die each year in bus accidents, according to annual statistics compiled the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40820669/ns/us_news-life/t/why-your-childs-school-bus-has-no-seat-belts

      • Anonymous

        Of those 6 how many would be alive if they had been wearing seat belts?

        I have driven 1.6 MILLION miles with out one single incident. So if you go by your use of history I shoudl not have to obey any road laws as I have NEVER had a incident right?

      • Anonymous

        They should have cage bars like a roller coaster to keep order and safety …

  • Anonymous

    ummmm, does that go for school buses as well? seems to me the infractions of our law makers only prove that the great state of maine just wants a control issue. whatever happen to the free country?

  • Anonymous

    whats a seatbelt? live free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Live free and die early?

      • If that is what you choose then yes

        • Anonymous

          I guess choosing not to use a seatbelt is a lot like choosing suicide by Russian Roulette. You can indeed make that choice, but I wouldn’t call it a necessary aspect of personal freedom, at least not if there’s anyone in the world who loves you.

          You could be feeling pretty good about your life, on the way to your loved one’s birthday party or holiday dinner, when some drunk sideswipes your car and you crash–and die a preventable death (a sort of surprise suicide) that will haunt your loved one forever. Or wind up paralyzed or otherwise disabled, for them to take care of.

          How free are you then? How free is your loved one?

          • Anonymous

            so lame, your just scared its okay maybe the’ll have an adult child seat for you some day!

          • Anonymous

            Do you have any statistics to back up your theory about seat belts and saving lives? Can you give me numbers of fatalities on the roads before seatbelts were mandatory? Do they equal or go above what they are now?

          • You can argue with me all day and I will still tell you that I believe in my opinion that if you dont want to wear one you shouldnt have to. Seatbelts can kill you seatbelts can save you. You could be driving down that same road and get hit by a drunk driver and be wearing a seatbelt and still get killed. Just the same as if you are not wearing one, you may get a little more air from not being seatbelted or may break your ribs or slice your neck (depending on your height) and die wearing one. Maybe some are destined to go that way I dont know but still should be a choice.

      • Anonymous

        yup exactly because when your 60+ your pretty much useless!!

        • Anonymous

          How I interpret your statement would depend a lot on whether or not you yourself are 60+…

  • Anonymous

    Seat belt laws are unconstitutional, but what does that matter these days?

    • Anonymous

      You know, Driving is not a Right, its a privilege..

      • Anonymous

        Actually owning private property (a motor vehicle) is a right that is protected under the fifth amendment:

        “No person… shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

        note that your liberty is also protected, thus allowing you the RIGHT to drive where you choose, so long as you have landowner permission

    • Anonymous

      Interesting concept. Then it’s probably also unconstitutional to have those pesky laws about your car having to have headlights and brakes.

      • Anonymous

        the argument there would likely be that due process was provided during the enactment of the pesky laws through state legislature 

      •  The whole idea of licensing, “privilege, and searching without warrant is unconstitutional. Our government has no constitutional method of issuing “privilege.”

  • Anonymous

    What Is Your Problem? The Seatbelts SHOULD BE ENFORCED, So Should Texting,  Reading, Putting on make up, shaving. for the simple reason.. YOUR NOT ALONE ON THE ROAD! You can kill someone else…as far as occupants in your car they need to be belted, caged or held….

    •  not wearing a seat-belt ONLY endangers the person not wearing a seat-belt not anyone else. It a BS law and just another way for the state of Maine to STEAL our money. Any cop who inforces the seat-belt law is a thief.

      • Guest

        If someone else causes a crash and you get injured or die because you aren’t belted, should you or yours have the right to sue the other guy?  I’m sure you could and would, but what grounds would you have to do it?  It’s comparable to Ins. not paying if you crash when drinking.

      • Ben Hutchins

         Well, the ambulance driver who has to scrape your head off the hood of the other car isn’t endangered, per se, but you’ve certainly made his day worse.  Which is uncool and inconsiderate at best.

      • Anonymous

        Not so. if someone in a car isn’t buckled in the rear seat, what happens to them in a head on crash…..? You can’t tell me they don’t end up hitting the people in the front seats.

        • Anonymous

          Very true. This is from the Academy of Emergency Medicine:

          Title: Influence of the unbelted rear-seat passenger on driver mortality: “the backseat bullet”.

          Abstract

          OBJECTIVES: This study examined whether unrestrained left rear-seat passengers increase the risk of death of belted drivers involved in serious crashes with at least one fatality.

          METHODS: The information from every fatal crash in the United States between 1995 and 2001 was analyzed. Variables such as point of impact, restraint use, seat position, vehicle type, occupant age, gender, and injury severity were extracted from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

          RESULTS: The odds of death for a belted driver seated directly in front of an unrestrained passenger in a serious head-on crash was 2.27 times higher (95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.94 to 2.66) than if seated in front of a restrained passenger. In contrast, a belted driver seated in front of an unrestrained passenger in a driver-side lateral-impact crash had no increase in mortality over a driver with a restrained rear-seat passenger (odds ratio, 0.8; 95% CI = 0.6 to 1.06). [lots more technical data is found here].

          Adjusting for confounders (other than point of impact), the odds of fatality for a belted driver in a head-on crash was 2.28 times greater (95% CI = 1.93 to 2.7) with an unbelted rear-seat passenger. The unbelted rear-seat passenger also had an increased risk of death (odds ratio, 2.71; 95% CI = 2.44 to 3.01) when compared with restrained rear-seat passengers.

          CONCLUSIONS: Unrestrained rear-seat passengers place themselves and their driver at great risk of fatal injury when involved in a crash.

          [Note to newspaper comments editor–it’s OK to re-publish abstracts such as this.]

      • Anonymous

        Wrong.  People have been knocked out of the driver’s seat in what would have been a 2 car crash that now takes out others because no one is controlling the car.

    • Anonymous

      {People that cause accidents should be taken to court to

  • Guest

    The poor guy (that died from impact when he drove into a washout in Brownville) couldn’t have been using his belt. That looks like about a 45 mph road and driving into that 5ft hole would be like hitting a brick wall at 45. Completely survivable if belted (in my semi educated opinion). I wonder what the ones he left behind would tell him if they could. :(

    • Anonymous

      who says he died from the impact?

      • Guest

        The article specifically said it. Its on today’s page still.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understad why people are so passionate in their desire NOT to wear a safety device. To me, it is down to a reflex; I perform it every time I enter a vehicle.

    • Ben Hutchins

       People just like to be contrary.  Some of these numpties who rant about never wearing their seat belts probably would, and never even think about it, if nobody had told them to – but somebody did, so suddenly it’s become an Issue.

      • Anonymous

        I usually wear my seatbelt.  The one time I didn’t lately, I was pulled over for not wearing my seatbelt.  The cop used it as a way to ask me multiple pointless questions about my vehicle, where I was going, etc.  I ended up with a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt, 1st offense.  Bear in mind, up to that point, I had a clean driving record, with no violations for at least 20 years.  I was driving 3 blocks, in a 25 mph zone, when I was pulled over.  One of those quick trips to the store and I neglected my seatbelt.  Thanks for the $70 tax.  Ridiculous form of nanny state intrusion.  I felt like asking the cop of I wiped my butt well enough and if he wouldn’t mind checking it for  me – but of course, he’s just enforcing the law, so I let him slide.  I mean really, I would imagine personal hygiene is more important in reducing health insurance costs overall than requiring seatbelts.  Obesity has more effect on insurance rates than car accidents.  Perhaps our government should start dictating what we eat.  Oh wait – they already do.  School lunch, Mayor Bloomberg and his soda size limits.  Nanny state, indeed . . .

        • Anonymous

          “A report released today revealed that a third (32 per cent) of all car accidents happen within a mile of the driver’s home and a further third within five miles. The Churchill Car Insurance poll revealed that drivers experienced a ‘switching off’ syndrome on familiar roads which is a common cause of car accidents.
          “Journeys within a five mile radius of the home are typically made up of short trips to work, the weekly supermarket shop and taking the kids to school. The report shows that during these trips, drivers’ minds are wandering, thinking about work, family or home chores…

          “Almost three quarters of respondents (72 per cent) admitted to paying less attention on local roads and 60 per cent said that their driving became lazy when they neared their home. Despite recognising that their driving was becoming more relaxed and erratic, a quarter of drivers believed they were unlikely to have an accident close to their neighborhood.”

          [http://www.churchill.com/pressReleases/13062005.htm]

          • Anonymous

            And if you studied the percentage of miles driven close to home, you would see an immediate correlation.  More accidents happen where more driving occurs – close to home on roads that are familiar.  So, by that logic, we should feel safer farther away from home on unfamiliar roads.  I’m not claiming to be invincible – I just don’t think that seatbelt laws should be enforced as a primary offense, or even rise to the level of getting a ticket.  What’s next? Helmets inside cars?  Don’t laugh – my nieces and nephews have to wear a helmet on their enclosed four wheeler (a Scout/Ranger style vehicle) in their own yard.  It has seat belts – and they have to wear a helmet!  I bet we’ll all be wearing helmets in our cars in the future.  And it will be some caring Maine legislator who proposes the bill to make it mandatory, because, after all, they have nothing better to do than poke their nose into people’s lives.

          • Anonymous

            I was responding to your statement that you were driving “One of those quick trips to the store,” which implied that, because you were quite close to home, it was silly for anyone to be concerned that you might get into an accident.

  • Anonymous

    The seat belt law is nothing compared to the con perpetrated on us with the Inspection Scam…Only something like 11 states have it and the state can provide NO DATA to prove it it saves lives or makes us safer..I challenged a State Police Col. on As Maine Goes to produce the evidence..He couldnt and slinked away…If the law even remotely made us safer the insurance lobby would be all over it and it would be tied to Federal Highway Funds to force other states to do it..It doesn’t and they don’t…..Every summer Maine allowes 10’s of thousands of cars on our roads with no inspection stickers yet we have to have them…
    Edited to add I always wear my seat belt but I don’t need NANNY to tell me to do it nor do I feel it necessary to spend money on “Safety Checkpoints”…I just don’t want to be laying on the air bag when it goes off…LOL…

    • Anonymous

      “According to several recent state studies, the shortage in mandatory annual safety inspections is clogging American roadways with unsafe vehicles that place drivers and other motorists in potentially dangerous, and sometimes fatal, situations…

      “…less than 20 U.S. states now require private vehicles to pass safety inspections along with emissions testing to qualify for licensing…. When Congress removed the inspections as a requirement for receiving federal highway construction funds, most states opted to forgo the lengthy and expensive checkups.

      “[In those states] the responsibility to remind motorists to make routine repairs, such as cracked windshields, burned-out lights, and thread-worn tires, now falls on the shoulders of law enforcement officers, who issue warnings and tickets during routine traffic stops.

      “Bob Redding, federal lobbyist for the Automotive Services Association, recently told The Free Press that the lack of safety inspections is creating a “life or death dynamic” across the nation. “Without the required repairs mandated by an inspection, it is too easy for motorists to blow off what needs to be done,” he says.

      “Neglecting these repairs creates a public safety issue. A recent study conducted by the state of Missouri, where mandatory inspections are in place, reveals that mechanical defects and basic maintenance issues, such as worn brakes and tires, are responsible for one in every 84 fatal accidents. When vehicles receive the care they require, the rate drops to one in 120.”

      [http://zautos.com/mandatory-safety-inspections-save-lives/]

      • Anonymous

        Have you ever watched a state inspection?  The effort is half-hearted at best.  So a quick cursory check says my car is OK the day it is checked.  Something can break the next day, and then I can drive it like that for a year.  Makes the mandatory inpsection pretty much  pointless.  Investigations many times have revealed shops that rip off customers by telling them they need repairs they don’t really need to pass. 

      •  I did “State inspections” in New Hampshire in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  For $15 my boss said that we couldn’t afford to remove wheels check front ends, or do the necessary steps to insure a safe vehicle.  We would ask the motorist to turn on lights, we checked signals, checked glass, blew horn, and checked emergency brake.  That’s it’

        There was one State which had a real inspection system that indeed insured safety.  That was New Jersey which used State employees to check cars.  Because they had no investment in the process (they did no repairs) they were fair.  Turns out New Jersey had to change that system, because people complained about having to make their cars safe. 

  • Anonymous

    Before I state my statement, I just want to say that I have respect for most posters and that this is my opinion.  As a FF/EMT-P, responding to MVC’s where a patient was not wearing  seatbelt was in a lot more serious to critical condition than a person wearing a seatbelt.

    I wear my seatbelt all the timet, but I could care less if an adult wears their seatbelt or not.  They are an adult, they can make their own right when it come to this topic.

     Just like people who ride motorcycle, they have the option to wear a helmet or not.

  • Darn it! The State Police are going to quit coming over to my house to put my kid to bed at night. What the hell am I going to do now? Just when I was hoping they were going to implement a program to wake them up in the morning and cook them breakfast. Darn it!~!

  • Anonymous

    Why hasnt some big wig lawyer taken on this law as discrimination?  If motorcyclists are not by law required to wear seatbelts or helmets, but for some rediculous reason they want bicyclists to wear helmets, and if the bus i send my child to school each day on does not have a seat belt, than why in the world do they have a right to tell me i have to wear my seat belt.
    Once again i will argue the idea that if you are thrown from the vehicle, you could hit a tree, hit your head on the pavement or go through the windshield, or you could even be hit by your own car.  Those are all terrible things that could happen.  However if you WEAR your seatbelt and your car catches fire or if your car ROLLS OVER SEVERAL times, than you are going to burn to death or be crushed by your own roof…I wanna take my chances being tossed..I got some poundage on me and i believe that i might have enough cushion to break the fall.

    • Anonymous

      If your car catches fire, you unbuckle the seatbelt and get out. You will not be hampered by the severe injuries you’d have from being unbelted during the crash.

      If your car rolls over, without a seatbelt you’ll be thrown from the car  and (at best) smash against a tree or the ground at the rate of speed (say, 50 mph) the car was going or (at worst) the car will land on YOU.

      • Anonymous

        Not if you’re unconscious or semiconscious, like the accident last summer noted in the BDN where a woman hit a rock wall and the vehicle caught fire while she was semiconcious.  If a good samaritan who was an EMT had not had a knife with him to cut her belting she likely would’ve died.  In another case, also reported in the BDN, where an elderly couple drove off the end of an unmarked road into the ocean and died.  They’d have had a better chance if they’d not been belted.
        My point is that an intelligent adult should be allowed to make the choice at the time considering all pertinent conditions affecting survival liklihood.

        • jolson207

          My neighbor died in his Saab because he was forced off the road by another vehicle and the Saab caught on fire.  The impact of the crash bent the seat belt buckle and my neighbor was unable to extract himself and was burned to death before emergency assistance arrived.  He had his cell & had called 911 for assistance, yelling that he could not remove the seat belt.  They were too late to save him.   I am sure this is not an isolated incident and that nationwide there are many examples of seat belts being the direct cause of death in a motor vehicle.  Government needs to stay out of our lives and we need to make our own decisions.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you very much for your post.  I have been trying to make the same point many times the same way but always get the people like Liz above that enjoy the nanny state we live in telling us how to be adults.  I would much rather have the opportunity to chance surviving being thrown out of the car, than to burn to death.  My heart truly goes out to the family of the man whom did.  That would be the scariest way to go in my opinion.

      • Anonymous

        You are assuming that the buckle works Liz, where as my post suggests that it will not.  I appreciate your opinion, but i do not share it.

  • Anonymous

    Just think of all the monies Maine will be pulling in this summer. Oh and the officers can even make a few bucks too, betting who can hand out the most tickets. Good ole clean fun. /sarc

  • Old Bear

    Thats great checking for seatbelt’s are on or off. Its a money maker for the state.. How about texting now thats a problem. Its total BS now. I wonder how many are killed on Maine roads from texting each year.

  • Guest

    Doesn’t matter whether you like the law or not, it IS a law. Buckle up and keep your phones off. The fine sucks- I know, I’ve paid one.

    • Yes and everyone obeys the law right? I have had a fine as well for no seatbelt but I choose not to have it on so its no big deal!

  • I wear my seatbelt always. I don’t talk on my cell or text while driving.  My issue comes in with things like heaven forbid I take a drink of my soda next to me. Heaven for bid I take my dog to the vet and I look over to it. This a “cop gets to pull you over for no real probable cause law”  This is a police state kinda law……

  • Anonymous

    “get such as parents complaining they can’t get their child to go to bed.”  What else would anyone expect given that through their legislative action State government has encouraged dependence on government for over three decades?

  • Jake_OO7

    Once again the governor and his family get away with being too fat to obey the law.

  • Guest

    Quota time! It is the end of the month, and tourists are filling the state.  There are $ signs in their eyes.  

  • New Hampshire has the second fewest highway fatalities in the nation, and no seat belt law for adults.  Maybe, just maybe, letting people think for themselves  encourages responsible behavior.

  • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    And people who don’t wear seatbelts will continue to “crack down” on themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Seeing as how the nearest Maine police officer is supposed to be an hour or more away from Jackman, I suppose we can expect that the U.S. Border Patrol in that area will also make it their business to pull people over if they suspect seatbelts aren’t being used and cell phones are. Say hello to the national police state!

  • Guest

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  • Briney

    Many forget.  The streets and highways are not individually owned.  They belong to the general public.  As such, the Legislature chooses to pass laws  deemed to be  on behalf of the  public’s  safety, not just for a few people, who choose to write their own laws.  The police merely enforce these laws.

    Like many, I installed seat belts long before it became state law.  Miles of driving in all kinds of weather and sometimes under stressful conditions prompted it.  Hit head-on, the belt prevented me from being ejected through the windshield.  It was just a waist  belt before the over-the-shoulder belts were issued with the vehicle.  An over-the-shoulder belt probably would have stopped me from getting a head bashing.  It might also  have prevented the violent  stomach wrench I got when my auto was hit like a pile driver and  stopped.

     It was just like landing on an aircraft carrier and snagging the  arresting wire to a dead stop.   But for that, I was tucked in with a complete body harness – shoulders, chest and waist. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.  I’d continue to buckle up, even if it wasn’t a law.  To me it’s plain common sense.
     

  • Anonymous

    To me, the distracted driving is much the same as driving while under the influence.  I believe it can be monitored in the same way, however in a time when the police force is understaffed, and using tons of overtime to send three cop cars to broadway to arrest some for DUI, i dont believe they have the time or should be given the time to police seat belts.  So long as you are driving your car safely, i honestly believe it is NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS if an adult chooses not to wear one.

  • Anonymous

    A very close friend of mine is a long time Police Chief in an Eastern Maine Town.  He told me the “distracted driver law” is very difficult.  He also said that if people fought the charge they would stand a “very good chance” of getting out of it. 

    I agree that texting and driving is extremely dangerous but telling someone they cant do it makes them try to hide it even more…take a look at how many people are actually looking down in their lap as opposed to looking at the road when you meet them along the road. 

  • Anonymous

    I always wear a seat belt because I am not stupid.
    Police will “crack down” on people who don’t wear seat belts.

    Except:  people on motorcycles who don’t wear seat belts or who won’t even use a belmet.

    Except: children on the school bus don’t wear seat belts and often put three children where two should be seated.

    Except:  police officers who don’t wear seat belts.

    The referendum given to Mainers was for a seat belt law that was to be a secondary offense but law enforcement changed to a primary offense seeing the great revenue to be made. 

    This is a tax on people who drive cars, its a money maker.

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