Ga. may end pickup seat belt exemption

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 6:17 AM
Last updated Thursday, April 1, 2010 11:18 AM
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ATLANTA - The House could decide to approve a bill that would force pickup drivers to buckle up, thus ending Georgia's distinction as the last state in the union to have such an exemption.

Senators passed the bill last week with little opposition. Rural lawmakers have blocked the bill in previous years as an unnecessary regulation, but the bill could have new life under the House's new leadership.

Georgia would become eligible for federal incentive grants if the legislation passes.

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Axl Rose
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Axl Rose 03/31/10 - 06:54 am
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this is the stupidest thing

this is the stupidest thing ever.

55 F-100
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55 F-100 03/31/10 - 07:24 am
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The Legislature should be

The Legislature should be commended for concentrating on this serious seatbelt law legislation, especially since the State of Georgia has no other serious issues to address!

fish2
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fish2 03/31/10 - 07:45 am
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While the legislation is at

While the legislation is at it let them do away with the helmet law like other states.

Iknowjack
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Iknowjack 03/31/10 - 08:17 am
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I agree with fish2, the

I agree with fish2, the helmet law should be looked at again. At least put it to a vote, as an 18 and older choice.

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 03/31/10 - 08:18 am
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Georgia has been losing

Georgia has been losing millions of dollars in transportation funds for years because of its refusal to pass this seat belt law.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/31/10 - 08:20 am
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It takes to long to unbuckle

It takes to long to unbuckle a seatbelt to get out of the truck to get a beer out of the cooler while you are in the middle of a cornfield. It takes to long to unbuckle a seat belt to get a good shot at a deer on a country road at night. And if you really gotta go....well you know what I mean.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 03/31/10 - 09:16 am
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You missed one mirrorman. It

You missed one mirrorman. It takes too long to unbuckle when "the moment strikes". You know there's something women like about a pickup man.

wlightnin42
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wlightnin42 03/31/10 - 09:19 am
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My Truck, should be My

My Truck, should be My choice. Seatbelts do not always save a life, Read into it. There goes another Right for Us down the drain.

Jake
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Jake 03/31/10 - 09:50 am
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Ah, yes, the right to smash

Ah, yes, the right to smash ones face into the steering column should never be abridged!

Chillen
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Chillen 03/31/10 - 10:22 am
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If you use the public roads

If you use the public roads to drive your vehicle you have to abide by the law. Everyone else has to buckle up. Pickup truck drivers should too.

Think about it this way. If someone drives a pickup, has no insurance and they are on on medicaid or medicare, why should taxpayers be on the hook to pay for their medical bills because they are too lazy to buckle their seatbelt?

Even if they do have insurance and get seriously injured because they did not buckle up, why should the insurance company pay? It just drives up premiums for the rest of us.

Take 2 seconds & snap your seatbelt. Yes, they don't prevent everything but they prevent someone from being thrown from the vehicle. Save a life and save the taxpayers.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/31/10 - 10:36 am
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Chillen said,"Think about it

Chillen said,"Think about it this way. If someone drives a pickup, has no insurance and they are on on medicaid or medicare, why should taxpayers be on the hook to pay for their medical bills because they are too lazy to buckle their seatbelt?"- They were probably on their way to the doctor's office anyway, to take advantage of taxpayer funded healthcare, so what difference does it make?
gnumbnuts-"It takes too long to unbuckle when "the moment strikes". You know there's something women like about a pickup man,"- I will never forget that barbie doll bed I hauled for the girl next door.

LizardMan1234
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LizardMan1234 03/31/10 - 10:50 am
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Same leaders who mandate

Same leaders who mandate seatbelts will enjoy this sunny weather outside smoking a cigarette...oh the irony!

andnowfor
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andnowfor 03/31/10 - 11:00 am
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I agree there should be no

I agree there should be no laws forcing people over 18 to use a seatbelt or a helmet. However doctors and hospitals should not be forced to help, nor insurance companies be forced to pay for, people who are too stupid to be in a car without a seatblet or on a motorcycle without a helmet.

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1beachbum 03/31/10 - 11:34 am
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Andnowfor, I agree. It should

Andnowfor, I agree. It should be the choice of the individual whether he/she wants to wear safety apparel, but no one else should have to pay for their CHOICE, if they choose poorly.

TheOne
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TheOne 03/31/10 - 12:35 pm
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Doesn't matter, Gov will take

Doesn't matter, Gov will take care of it all regardless of wearing seatbelts when yo go to the hospital mangled. Won't be any insurance companies in 4 years from now, just our lovely gov. That makes me all warm and fuzzy, how 'bout you?

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dichotomy 03/31/10 - 12:37 pm
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Oh yeh, let's clamp down on

Oh yeh, let's clamp down on those nasty pickup truck drivers. That ought to make a dent in the healthcare budget. You people are unbelieveable. No crys about how much money texting drivers, sliders and gliders, makeup maidens, and telephone talkers are costing us and the insurance companies. That might interfere with YOUR little unsafe driving activities. I support strict enforcement of the seat belt law but for a little different reason. I want the police to have every excuse to stop drivers and check for a valid license, registration, and insurance and I want a madatory arrest and impound law for any violation. THAT will make the highways a lot safer. As far as making pickup truck drivers wear seatbelts, well.....we have had seatbelt laws for cars on the books for decades now and most cops don't enforce it unless you get stopped for something else so what good will it do. It's just another tax to raise revenue because people who choose not to wear seatbelts will continue to ignore the law and take their chances on paying the fine if and when they ever get caught. As for the federal grants. Usually federal grants come with federal mandates that end up costing us more money or some of our freedoms in the end. Federal grants are the federal government's way of getting the states to use their "state's rights" to take away your freedom when the federal government does not have the constitutional authority to do so. You can bet that when the federal government gives you something you have lost something more valuable in the bargain.

Eaglewing
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Eaglewing 03/31/10 - 01:43 pm
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Just annother, although well

Just annother, although well meaning, form of government intrusion in our lives. What next?

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 03/31/10 - 02:23 pm
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For those complaining about

For those complaining about the seat belts. After the law passes continue to do as you have. Don't wear the seat belt. It isn't like the $25 fine really hurts the wallet. Besides when we police are scraping your brains off our shoes on a guardrail that will be one less person we have to worry about social security for in the future. I am sad to see that Georgia residents are still stuck in the backwoods mentality with the comments I am seeing here.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/31/10 - 03:23 pm
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Wear your seat belt. The life

Wear your seat belt. The life you save may be your own. Your seat belt doesn't help the other person, ...think about it!

micbare
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micbare 03/31/10 - 03:25 pm
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Not to long ago in North

Not to long ago in North Augusta I was written a ticket for not wearing a seat belt while driving my service truck. The irony was the policeman who wrote the ticket was on a motorcycle

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pommom38 03/31/10 - 03:32 pm
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*stands and applauds

*stands and applauds andfornow*
Why should pickup drivers be anymore special?? Everyone else is made to wear or get ticketed. I applaud the helmet law as well. SC is still so behind with their don't have to wear them. But yes, you must wear a seat belt..
It amazes me at how many ignorant people are out there on the roads. Preach your argument about how seat belts don't always save lives. Gee, I bet there are a TON of those deaths huh?? Quit whining, wear it, don't wear it.. Your money, your life..

Just tired
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Just tired 03/31/10 - 06:22 pm
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Ignorance on the roads is NOT

Ignorance on the roads is NOT a seatbelt issue. It is a "people" issue. People who choose not to wear a seatbelt are some of the least to worry about on the road. Let's worry about the fools that make illegal moves such as U-turns in traffic, or left turns from a far right lane (pun intended). Seatbelts do save lives: Any emergency responder working the streets can attest to this. And to be fair yes Virginia there are those times when the seatbelts make no difference to survival. In every case when the belt is called upon it may not prevent injury, even serious injury but even on those occasions it still may have prevented a death. The fact that seatbelts are, on occasion, overwhelmed and unable to save us should not preclude us from understanding that they DO save life and limb more often than not. But again, seatbelts are really not at issue, people and their actions are at issue here. And lest we forget government intrusion is at issue as well. To wear or not wear a seatbelt is not a protected right. However, the decision to wear or not wear a seatbelt may be something of a personal liberty. And of course there is no denying that personal liberty is being stripped from the American people at phenomenal rates today. Of course thanks to the many dishonest, self serving and foolish politicos walking our hallways in Washington today, we will all soon bear witness to the finale of all personal liberty in lieu of government mandates and laws. We are taunting and toying with a very dangerous creature, government. When not properly restrained and instead is allowed to run amuck perpetrating acts upon us for our own good, that government becomes us and we cease to be the government. Every liberty you carelessly sacrifice, "for the good of the all the people," you will grow to embrace as a sad memory of what once was during some bygone era. Choose the simplest and seemingly easiest path and rue the day.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 03/31/10 - 06:22 pm
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Changing state law to get

Changing state law to get federal money is a constitutional way for our nanny state government to dodge the tenth amendment. Same thing with education programs such as no child left behind. I wear my seatbelt because I've seen what happens when you don't. This will change nothing except an addition of fine dollars, just like the super speeder law. Well, gives the policemen something to do, because their fully staffed and funded, and have nothing else better to do, right?

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 03/31/10 - 06:51 pm
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What's so difficult about men

What's so difficult about men (or anyone) buckling a seatbelt? You have someone's husband, or father, son, brother, or uncle in the truck! You!!!!!!! Quit being a hardheaded bucket head and buckle up! Any day above ground is a good day! Or would you rather have your name written "in memory of" on the rear window of some family member's pickup?

methree
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methree 03/31/10 - 09:21 pm
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ABOUT TIME!

ABOUT TIME!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 03/31/10 - 09:27 pm
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Every person that died in a

Every person that died in a pickup with their seat belt on knows the value of this law.

glassrinkmaker
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glassrinkmaker 03/31/10 - 09:33 pm
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If I smash my face into the

If I smash my face into the windshield, Jake, did I freaking hurt you? Johnny, have you died in a pu because you didn't have your safety chain harnessed?

corgimom
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corgimom 04/01/10 - 01:21 am
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This isn't about the

This isn't about the Constitution or the government or freedom or anything like that. The traffic laws, including the seatbelt laws, are driven by auto insurance companies, who love collecting premiums but hate paying claims. Once you look at it from that point of view, you will understand exactly why the law exists.

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Casting_Fool 04/01/10 - 08:35 am
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Back when there were two

Back when there were two states holding out on this issue, I looked into it to see why they were hold outs. Turns out that the lack of a seat belt law for pickup truck drivers was due to the need for farmers to be in and out of their trucks when tending their land. Having to buckle up every time was inconvenient and a time waster for a guy getting in and out of his truck many times in a work day. In my own opinion, we have many more drivers in pick up trucks than we have actual farmers in pickup trucks. I think that it's time to stop being the last hold out on this issue and bring pickup truck drivers into the fold on this. I have to buckle up every time I get into my vehicle, they should be required to, too.

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