Interesting factoid, and a short object lesson on government-mandated common sense:
Massachusetts has a mandatory seatbelt use law.
Massachusetts has a 67% seatbelt use rate.
New Hampshire has no mandatory seat belt law for adults.
New Hampshire has a 69% seatbelt use rate.
(Details here. If you read the Comments section of that article, I will not be held responsible for blown cerebral gaskets.)
I use a seatbelt every time I get into my car, even though my home state is not threatening me with fines if I don’t. I use a seatbelt because I am not a moron.
Once I start riding again, I will use a helmet and protective gear, just like I always have, even though my home state is not forcing me to wear a brain bucket. Again, I use a helmet because I am not a freakin’ moron.
I must not be alone in my voluntary application of common sense, because 69% of my fellow New Hampshireites don’t need the threat of a guy with a badge writing a $40 ticket to buckle up before pulling out of the driveway.
By the way, there’s an interesting glimpse into the future buried in the comments on that article. One of the proponents of the mandatory seatbelt laws cites the public cost for treating injuries as a valid reason for such a law. If you think that argument will end at seat belt use once we have that glorious national health care system, think again. Treating diabetes and obesity costs money, so the state will have a right to tell you what you can and can’t put into your gullet, and how much you ought to be exercising. A mandatory public health care system is a universal adapter for unlimited Nanny State legislation, because there’s very little personal behavior that wouldn’t impact public health care costs in some way.