GA Seat Belt Holdout

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) The Georgia Senate is trying again to make adults
in pickup trucks buckle up, but so far the House has bucked the
attempt.

The chamber on Friday tacked the seat belt mandate on a bill
dealing with learning permits for the disabled.

But House leaders said it was unlikely they would bring that
plan up for debate.

Georgia is the only state to exempt adults in pickups from
wearing seat belts.

Supporters say the change could prevent dozens of deaths and
hundreds of injuries annually while helping the state save an
estimated $62 million each year. Some rural lawmakers see the rule
as unnecessary regulation.

The Senate has moved to require the seat belts for the last
three years, but it's been bottled up in the House.


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  • by GV Location: Ga on Apr 6, 2009 at 12:28 PM
    Ezekial,it may take a hillbilly to not realize that seatbelts save lives,but it takes a stupid Floridian to not realize that it is more dangerous to not wear a helmet on a motorcycle.
  • by Big daddy Location: Quincy on Apr 6, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    I agree with Ga girl he** drive at Your owen risk if its your time seat belt or not u got to go
  • by Georgian Location: Guess on Apr 6, 2009 at 10:53 AM
    Ezkiel: Us here rednecks in Georgia even know that hillbilly is one word. yeeehii!
  • by eb Location: cville on Apr 6, 2009 at 10:27 AM
    To: Anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 at 08:53 AM, obviously you have not had to deal with some of the idiots at DCF! If they receive a complaint no matter if it is true or not they have to investigate. Having a ignorant ex husband that loves to call DCF just for the fun of it.. DCF IS A JOKE!!!!!!!!!
  • by ga girl on Apr 6, 2009 at 09:44 AM
    I was in an accident where if I had been wearing my seatbelt it would have cut my head off. That happens more often than they tell you. I say it is a personal preference.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    To April: A farm is private property... If you don't want to buckle up there then that isn't a problem... but being out on the main roads IS a problem, unless of course you just simply don't value your life And to ML: How is this affecting taxpayers? Maybe you'll have to starting paying tickets if you choose not to buckle, buy that is completely unrelated... And to David: the government TELLING us to buckle up has nothing to do with it... for one, it's common sense, as it not only aids in protecting the driver but also others on the road... If you go flying out of your windshield you could very well become a hazard for others on the road as well... And we already regulate how people raise their children... DCF, which I completely agree with... Welcome to America David... As far as I know we have waaay more freedom than other countries
  • by Dave Location: GA on Apr 6, 2009 at 01:59 AM
    The real issue is the increase in seatbelt tickets and revenue that GSP can write. The state knows this in a time of budget trouble
  • by Wow Location: Georgia on Apr 5, 2009 at 08:41 PM
    Oh yeah it takes soooo long to unbuckle a seatbelt{sarcasm}...I buckle everytime even if I'm going right around the corner.I value my life.
  • by april Location: georgia on Apr 5, 2009 at 05:47 PM
    I was on the farm last week and it was alot of trouble to buckle up and get on the road to only go about 400 ft. to the next field. it was alot easier to not buckle. If something was wrong with one of the animals it would not be so easy for the farmer to jump out and tend to the hurt or sick animal. this would cause alot of loss for the farmer and in turn maybe even someone their life. If the tractor in the field over turned onto someone the farmer in his truck might have trouble with seat belt and this might mean life or death for the one on the tractor. Before you go talking about how wrong it is get in your car or truck and drive down the road pull over get out and repeat for about 10 times. If you still feel the same fine. But you must all think that a farmer does it about 50 times a day depending on what is being done that day. For the ones feeding animals it can be more. They have to ride and check the fences for bad spots. Ask yourself if you would want to buckle up every time.
  • by ML Location: *** on Apr 5, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    Thanks so much for costing the taxpayers more money once again, GA Legislators. Who keeps electing these mouth breathers?
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