Friday, June 01, 2007

Gonna Fly Now

The AP reports:

The state Senate voted 16-8 Thursday against a mandatory seat belt law for adults. New Hampshire is the only state without such a law.

In other news, the New Hampshire state Senate voted 24-0 to change the state's motto to "Sit Free and Die." A rider to the bill also funded a new program to change the motto on all the state's license plates. Karen Krania, President of the Brain Injury Resource Agency in Manchester, said, "It's wonderful that our new influx of patients will be sure to have a project, making those new plates."



Blogger Mike said...

Well, a place where George & I disagree!

If people want to be stupid, I think it's their right to do so.

(Now, if they fly through the windshield into my, we've got problems.)

5:48 AM  
Blogger George said...

Mike, I'm not sure we disagree--you can't legislate smarts. I just don't understand why there needs to be a law about seat belts in the first place--how dumb do you have to be not to wear one?

Mostly I just couldn't resist the joke.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike has addressed one very important aspect of such laws.

If someone is hit by another vehicle while not wearing a seatbelt in their own vehicle and their injuries become significantly greater than they would have been had they been wearing a seatbelt, should the offending driver that caused the accident be charged with greater damages due to that failure?

If someone dies in an auto accident and would have survived if they had been wearing a seat belt, would that death have been caused by the accident or the failure to wear a seat belt?

Who ultimately bears responsibility for that death?

Laws like these can help to properly allocate both blame and responsibility in such situations.

11:35 AM  
Blogger freakpowertix said...

now you got me thinking about images from david cronenberg's crash.


3:07 AM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

I'm not sure why anyone would NOT wear a seatbelt, but I do like that my home state doesn't make people wear them. New Hampshire also was one of the last states to recognize the Martin Luther King holiday, we refuse to pay sales tax, state government regulates the sale of liquor, and Robert Frost was born there. Live Free or Die!

9:14 AM  
Anonymous kusala said...

Boy, that's so awesome, McConfrontation, that NH was one of the last states to recognize the M. L. King holiday. That fact must really warm the cockles of your heart.

6:05 PM  
Blogger MCConfrontation said...

Believe me it doesn't. That's why I moved away to the big city. There was and is no diversity in my home state. I was just throwing some fun Granite State facts out for consumption.

9:36 AM  

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