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I understand your issues with seat-belts, helmets, etc.. But those are symptoms of the true problem, IMO.
originally posted by: Kandinsky
I used to think the same way about seatbelts until it came up on a first aid course. The guy delivering the course said he'd been to multiple vehicle crashes and seen the difference in outcomes between helmet/no helmet and seatbelts/no seatbelts. Changed my mind the same day.
A biker or motorist can say it's their body and they'll do what they like with it. The opposing view is from the emergency services who potentially have to use valuable time and resources shoveling up a carcass or having to remove victims from steering wheels. The seatbelt can save them the business of telling families someone's dead. It certainly frees up hospital beds and so on. Not wearing the seatbelt can therefore have profound effects on others. Gotta say I fricken HATE the beeps and whines when I haven't put my belt on. That's intrusive technology at its worst.