Seat belt safety zones?

A few weeks ago, I started noticing “seat belt safety zones” around the city. If you’re not familiar with them, they are areas of local roads where state troopers or local police can pull people over for not wearing their safety belts. I’ve seen three separate zones so far: one on Woodward Avenue around 7 Mile, and two different ones on East Jefferson Avenue.

Here are my two thoughts on this:

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1 – Why are any police in Detroit wasting time on this when they could be doing something worthwhile (worthwhile to me = stopping drug trafficking and crimes in progress or at least catching the incessant graffiti artists around town).

2 – Who still doesn’t wear a seat belt when driving in an automobile?

I don’t have an answer for number 1, other than this appears to be part of Michigan’s Click It or Ticket Campaign, but judging from the number of people that I saw being pulled over in these zones, the answer to number 2 = quite a few. I couldn’t believe the number of people being pulled over. Wear your seat belt, Detroiters! Think a seat belt is more hurtful than helpful? Think again. If your health isn’t worth it, at least save yourself the $65 or whatever the ticket costs for not wearing a seat belt and just wear it.

7 Comments so far

  1. Tom (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    You beat me to it. I was going to post about this.

    I encountered the SBSZ (seat belt safety zone) on East Jefferson, somewhere between GPP and Belle Isle. It was pretty awesome. I was particularly fond of the signs announcing that this is a seat belt zone, giving you just enough time to put your seat belt on. The cops were walking between the lanes, which makes no sense really, considering, in the suburbs I’ve seen cops operate SBSZ’s from the side of the road.

    The funny part is, despite the announcement that there is a zone coming and the obviousness of the cops, people were still getting busted!

  2. Mollika* (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 5:39 pm

    I think that the Detroit police force may be spending time on this issue, because it is one that offers visibility for the force. Fighting other crimes does not garner as much recognition nor are they as safe for officers. If people would wear their belts, the police would have no other choice but to find something else on which to concentrate. We as Detroiters can prevent this waste of funds by just buckling up.

  3. TOm (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 8:36 pm

    Also, I would presume that they probably pick up a lot of people with other outstanding tickets and traffic violations.

    Odds are, if you’re so willing to not buckle your seatbelt when it’s obvious you’re going to get caught, you probably have other shit on your record.

  4. max (unregistered) on June 1st, 2007 @ 9:47 am

    personally, i think seatbelt (and helmet) laws are wrong. maybe someone could change my mind with a good argument but i feel that it’s your decision to risk injury and/or death to yourself based solely on your actions. if someone is killed in a car accident because they weren’t buckled in then i view it as just one less bad decesion maker on the planet. and like someone else pointed out…if you’re using bad judgement with your life in something as important as possible death due to a car (or motercycle) wreck then you’re probably also wreckless in other aspects (i.e. crime, drugs, unwanted children) as well.

  5. Tom (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 7:14 am

    Did you just equate not wearing a seatbelt to having illegitimate children?

  6. max (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 10:47 am

    ever try doing it while you’re buckled in?

    p.s. it took some effort to tie those together so thanks for noticing. whenever i get a chance to bitch about “surplus children” i’ll jump on it.

  7. Mollika* (unregistered) on June 11th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    Tax-payers have to pay for these bad decisions, so the laws are there for a reason. You can risk injury or death, but as a society we have decided to respond to people who are clearly in need of medical attention, therefore, your risk is increasing the liklihood that tax-payers will pay for your folly because we don’t want you to die.

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