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Click it or Ticket Traffic crashes are the number one killer of people under the age of 32 and take more young lives than all types of crime combined In 1996 more than 1500 people lost their lives from traffic crashes on Michigan roadways and nearly 60 of those who died were not wearing safety belts Yates 84 85 Buckling up is such a simple thing to do it only takes two seconds to buckle up and no other single action has as much life-saving potential The opposing side of wearing seat belts say that a standard safety belt law infringes on freedom of choice They say it infringes on freedom of choice because they should decide whether on not they should wear seat belts The opposing side feels that if the police give out tickets for not wearing a seat belt then they are going against the first amendment A standard safety belt law is no more intrusive of your personal freedom than any other law An example of a law that would be just like the seat belt law is the law about smoking in a public buildings There are also financial considerations to be examined In 1995 25 billion could have been saved if belt use rates increased 15 points Direct costs that involve crashes where the occupants were not wearing seatbelts average 5000 more per crash than those involving occupants who were wearing their belts Safety belts provide the greatest protection against occupant ejection Among crashes in which a fatality occurred in 1998 only 1 of restrained passenger car occupants were ejected compared to 21 of unrestrained occupants Safety belts offer protection against injuries in rollovers head on crashes side or rear impacts When wearing a seat belt in a roll over the seat belt keeps the occupant in the seat rather then hitting
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