Re: Seats belts
- From: Gord Beaman <gord@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 03 Jul 2006 16:42:03 GMT
"Herb Ludwig" <herblud2@xxxxxxx> wrote:
"mack" <mackerel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote
I beg to disagree. Taxpayers are awfully tired of paying for someone's
care until death when that someone has not taken the basic two steps of
having a helmet (if a motorcycle) or seat belts in an automobile. If they
want to play the fool by ignoring these well-known aids to survival, don't
make a bunch of more intelligent taxpayers come to their rescue.
Our differences here are of philosophical and economical nature.
Granted, only a fool would ride without a helmet or drive without a seat
belt. However, I believe also that we need to keep an ever more intrusive
Government out of micro-managing our lives. By preventing us to be fools at
times and bear the consequences of our actions and non-actions, we, as a
people, will loose the the will and ability over time to be responsible and
As to the argument of economics and the taxpayers having to pay for the
motorcyclists injuries, this will not hold up well upon reflection. Head
injuries of car drivers in any given year outnumber motorcycle injuries more
than 10-fold! Many head injuries and deaths of these car drivers could be
prevented by having a mandatory helmet law for evey car driver and
passenger. From a taxpayers point of view and because of the much greater
number of cars on the road, this measure would be much more effective than
applying it to the comparatively small number of bike riders.
Be careful what you ask for. The golden rule still applies! :-))
An even bigger weapon might be for all insurance companies to
advertise that they will not be held responsible for damages
suffered by a driver who has not provided (and used) the basic
safety equipment that the vehicle was equipped with (at
birth)...DRL's, Safety Inspections, Belts, Bags etc.
To make it fair, the 'damage' must have been caused by an event
that the particular safety equipment was designed to alleviate.
(use gordon in email)
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