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This past Monday, our wonderful governor Pat Quinn took time out from raising our taxes, defending wasteful spending, and pushing the state ever further into debt to sign a new seat belt law certain to raise state revenue that takes effect on January 1.  ALL passengers must be buckled up, front seat and back.  Before, you only had to buckle kids in the back if they were under 18.  Now, anyone not belted gets a ticket.

We go to DEFCON YELLOW, but it'll be RED by the end of the year.


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Jun. 30th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)
I have never been anywhere in CA or out of it where all passengers didn't automatically put on their seat belts. That's the law here of course, but even in TX, FL and NY I didn't notice anyone not doing it. Considering this guy's other crappiness, this seems too mild of a change (from my POV; I know some folks find seat belts a nuisance but I'm not one of them) to warrant a yellow.
Jun. 30th, 2011 12:53 am (UTC)
Wow. Pat Quinn's reputation precedes him.

Just for the record, I got in the habit of a seat belt shortly after I got my driver's license before driving without one was made illegal. I'm such a trendsetter. ;-)

My chief problem is Illinois has real problems to deal with (fun fact: Illinois has the lowest bond rating in the country, meaning it is impossible to get a loan. Quinn's plan to balance the 2011 budget was doubling our taxes and taking out a loan instead of cutting wasteful spending. He got the tax increase passed (5.33% instead of 6%), but couldn't get the loan).

Part of the solution to the budget shortfall was a bunch of road regulations that sure do seem like they are intended to raise revenue instead of deter bad behavior. Originally, you couldn't get a ticket for driving without a belt unless you were pulled over for some other infraction. Not anymore, and there are traps at strategic locations to net the most people. So these stupid little common sense things get passed while the pork projects keep rolling. It would be one thing if there was a huge number of accidental deaths resulting from people riding unbelted in the back, but there aren't. And the real problems continue to fester.
Jun. 30th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
I'm waiting for Trapster to add a "Seatbelt Checkpoint" trap to available options. And for Quinn to try to sneak in a helmet law (the quickest way to temporarily settle differences between the Hell's Angels and the Outlaws).
Jun. 30th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
Helmet Laws are good public policy. Anyone who gets on a motorcycle without a helmet is just plain stupid. And a reason for higher insurance rates.

I survived a motorcycle accident and my helmet kept me from having brain damage in addition to my other injuries. I speak from experience.
Jun. 30th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
Uh...let's think about why this would be done for a moment. Then set the Early Warning System light from there...

People generally speaking suffer more damage when they get tossed out of a car without a seatbelt. More damage means more expense to repair and return to normal (if possible) life in society. Theoretically, this should lower your car insurance (or slow the increase in price) as the payouts for medical care should be lower. Furthermore, those who don't have the courtesy or wherewithal to have insurance will cost the taxpayers less in medical care or everyone in general as costs for caring for those who don't/can't pay are eventually passed along to those who can and do.

Just a thought, my friend.
Jul. 1st, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)
The thought is understood and appreciated.
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