N.H. BELT LAW – NOT A FREE COUNTRY ANYMORE

I know that this is going to cause flak, but one reason I like driving my old cars is that I don’t have to wear seat belts. Now, I worked on the Iola Ambulance Service for 25 years and I know that seat belts save lives. However, I never bought arguments that go like this, “Even if you don’t care about yourself, you should have to wear belts to keep you from sliding across the seat and hurting someone else.” And it really “frosts” me when I pass a motorcycle and the rider has no belt (or helmet) but I am forced to wear a belt in a much safer vehicle than he’s riding. C’mon.

When I was a kid I loved to tell people, “It’s a free country and I can do what I want.” But it isn’t a free country any longer.

Today I read that New Hampshire — the last state without a seat belt law — is just about ready to adopt one. New Hampshire’s motto has always been, “Live free or die” and this seat belt law is sure going to water down that “declaration of independence.” To me, it is sad to think that state legislators there are overturning the attitude that built this country in the first place.

Not only that, but the idiots forcing these laws on us are the same ones that are giving away millions of dollars to fix things they let happen in the first place. How I wish I could go back to the era in which my old cars were new and live my life then! I, for one, would be a lot happier. 

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