Unbelted, at risk on outstate roads

  • Article by: PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 20, 2011 - 2:28 PM

Minnesota's rate of seat belt use is high, but lags in rural areas.

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camb24Oct. 19, 1110:13 PM

I understand the safety aspect, but what ever happened to personal responsibility? We seem to have lost that in society. Let people make the decision and then live with the consequences.

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belascoOct. 19, 1110:16 PM

The cars produced these days make it so annoying to not have the belt buckled that I don't know how anyone can stand it. BING BING BING BING every 10 seconds I'm doing over 5 miles per hour. I went from about 85% compliance to 100% compliance, even if I'm just moving it from the front to the garage.

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badcopOct. 19, 1110:20 PM

Government, how many pieces of toilet paper may I use today? Enough of government restrictions, it's my life!!

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twocats3Oct. 19, 1110:21 PM

It laws like this that make me want to join the tea party. To the Government: Get OUT of my car.

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toomuchgovOct. 19, 1110:24 PM

It may be a “way to get money”, but since we have federalized healthcare, it actually IS the business of the government to make sure you buckle up. Because if you do not buckle up and get injured more seriously, that costs the government money. This is what big government is all about – treating you like a child.

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ironman1Oct. 19, 1110:28 PM

Why does MN keep data on people who live out of the state of MN? outstate...really

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Pico_daveOct. 19, 1110:31 PM

Don't the cops have something important to do? What happened to the idea of freedom? I'm sick of the Nanny State!

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JMo1515Oct. 19, 1110:36 PM

It seems you'd have to not have a single brain-cell to not wear your seat belt ... I'd like to believe that government doesn't need to legislate such simple aspects of our lives, but if we're too simple-minded to do it, I can't say that government is wrong here. Here's a hypothetical: We know a seat belt ticket is $103. Obviously, we're comfortable with that penalty because there are still morons out there not wearing their seat belts. If the penalty for failure to strap up was capital punishment, would there still be people too stupid to buckle up? Just a hypothetical.

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lizard357Oct. 19, 1110:37 PM

That guy in the picture had that car built around him :)

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tlcinmnOct. 19, 1110:44 PM

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. -- C. S. Lewis; God in the Dock There is a reason I live 45 miles from the nearest Walmart - 6 miles from the nearest town, and 3 hours from where the 'moral busybodies' like Kim Norton think the biggest problem facing our society today is seat belt usage. What part of "Leave Me Alone" don't you understand! I am not hurting you, I am not robbing, stealing, driving drunk, and I pay my taxes. Please LEAVE ME ALONE!!! Libido Dominandi will lead you to hell, and no seat belt can save you from that! The best thing from Steve Jobs death - His Stanford speech reminding us to be aware of our own mortality. We have nothing to lose - we are all going to die. A seat belt will not prevent it! And don't get me started on why I have to worry about the state health department when a few of us get together for a meal at church ... Where does it end? Concern for ones own safety or security is a mortals greatest enemy - C.S. Lewis - Macbeth -

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