Minn. House Approves Repeal Of Primary Seat Belt Law

By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota House approved repeal of the law that allows police to stop and tag a motorist for not wearing a seat belt. Before the primary law took effect two years ago, a ticket could be issued only if the motorist was stopped for another reason.

The Department of Public Safety is strongly opposed to repeal.

“Our message to them simply is that we want you to arrive at your destination safely without being killed or hurt,” said Capt. Matt Langer of the State Patrol.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

Public reaction is mixed.

“I think the seat belt law is an intrusion into people’s personal lives,” said one Twin Cities woman.

Others are questioning the motive behind the repeal effort.

“I’m very perplexed by the matter and I don’t know why they are doing that,” said a downtown Minneapolis hotel worker.

Others see the law as important for public safety. The measure now goes to the Minnesota Senate.

  • simon

    I hope they get rid of this law

    • No clue

      With that mindset you really should have signed in as “Simple Simon”

      • jim

        you should of signed in with “i don’t have a clue”. Obviously you don’t have the comprehension between democratic or Communism. But sinse you like “communism” then i will start telling you how to eat, sleep,talk or what to listen too. But hey, i see you do like government run web,t.v or radio stations. Stay out of other peoples lives, GOT IT!!!

        • BattleOfHalfWits

          Will you tell me how to spell, the proper use of punctuation, where spaces are needed, and capitalization too?

  • Jake

    Just want to leave a comment. On the Strib’s website, apparently a lot of people there are hopelessly ILLITERATE. So let me CLARIFY it for MOST OF YOU. THe GUY who introduced this amendment to another biill was a DEMOCRAT, A HARD-LINER DFLER, Mr. Rukivina, from the IRON RANGE. NOBODY should be blaming this on the GOP led legisature, since NONE of their members INTRODUCED IT, which means that they lprobably didn’t sponsor it, either.

  • simnhockey

    Why do mostorist have to wear there seatbelts and people on motorcyles dont have to wear helmets…This does not make any sense at all does it.

    • Joe

      What does make sense anymore these days?

      • simplehockey

        What’s a mostorist? It is someone who mostly buckles up or someone who mostly does not?

    • Joe

      I think if you get seriously injured and you were not wearing your seatbelt or your motorcycle helmet this should disqualify you for disability insurance benefits. Why should we reward stupidity??

    • PompadourJay

      I agree. I wear my seatbelt all the time. My kids have to wear their seatbelts before I drive. This DOES NOT mean there should be a law to protect me from myself. That is what we call having a police state. The law should be removed completely. If one can ride a motorcycle at all on the streets and highways of minnesota, one should be able to choose to wear a seatbelt or not. There is NO risk to anyone else but the person unbuckled. FACT: Most accidents in Minnesota are single vehicle accidents.

      • IMHO

        I disagree with your comment “There is NO risk to anyone else…”. Yes, there is. Perhaps not fatally, but because you made the choice NOT to wear a seatbelt, instead of the police investigating a collision they are not investigating a fatal crash. What’s the difference? Thousands of dollars that are coming out of my taxes. Another thing to consider is this – fatalaties in the State of Minnesota were for the first time in many, many years the lowest they’ve been. Perhaps this is because we have a seat belt law in effect and because people are wearing their seat belts, they are not being killed.

        I do agree with your statement that the law shouldn’t be involved in telling me whether or not to wear my seat belt. However, if you saw somebody that was going to shot themselves or jump off a bridge or stab themselves, wouldn’t you try to do something? A caring human being would. Perhaps if more people would stop jeopordizing their lives and others (yes, most accidents may be single vehicle accidents – but tell that to the mother and or father who just lost their only child because the car seat wasn’t installed properly or their seat belt wasn’t buckled) then the government wouldn’t have to get involved.

        • Gage Seewald

          Ummmm NO You are taking an extremist view that has no grounds for debate in a seat-belt conversation, I.E. (Suiside) They are nothing alike AT ALL.

          Just to let you know your taxes are used the same when a police officer is called in for a minor collection or a fatal accident. what makes you think we pay our police more for a dead guy than a live guy. LOL your taking that “WHAT IF” and playing it off as you have something to do with my not wearing a seat belt. i dident wear my seat belt today….and you know what, IT DID NOT COST YOU A DIME!
          Its been said a thousand times, Use COMMON SENSE. if you cant then to bad you die early.

          But you know what DID cost you money? THE POLICE that now haft to stop thousands of people every week to give them a citation.

          If you ask me you did not think this one through clearly.

          • eightball

            The question isn’t wheather we should wear our seat belt it is should we be able to get pulled over just for that without another offense. Also if I saw someone trying to kill themselves, so stab themslves or jump off a bridge i would talk to them not stop to give them a ticket!!!

  • Nick

    I support this measure. I personally wear a seatbelt every time I’m in a car, but if someone wants to be foolish that’s their own decision.

    • Buckle up - it's the law

      I wear a seatbelt always and agree that if you don’t want to then you should not have to. You are right, if you want to be foolish, the law should not stop you. But then again I wonder if that is right. If you don’t buckle up the kids would they be foolish or would ypou be foolish. And should their be a law to say that your kids must be buckled up and if so should it be enforced? And the foolsih baby not being smart and sitting in their car seat, should they get arrested? I think I agree with public saftey on this one, we should have a lway to buckle up.

  • Chuck

    Great! Government, get out of our lives and pocketbooks.

  • Kyle

    I know many people who have been stopped and ticketed for not having their belts on. EVERY one of them said they had their belt on and I believe them because I have been in cars with them often. This seat belt law is crap and ther is no way to fight it in court because the judge always takes the cops’ word over yours. It is all about revenue. Nothing more.

  • Laurie Matson

    Great, I hate being told what to do all the time. If people don’t want to wear their damn seat belt so what? they can do what they want- it’s their life !!!! Stop intruding Government !!!!!!!!

    • Time to run these clowns out.

      Stupid idiot! tell that to the EMT who has to clean up the blood soaked body after it has gone through the windshield. Tell that to the chaplain who has to tell your love one that you didn’t survive the crash because you were not wearing your damn seatbelt. Tell that to the parent who has just leaned that her 16 year son died in a crash that could have been avoided had he worn his seatbelt. Tell that to the public safety officers who must respond to a horrible crash where the occupants are just barely hanging on for life. This is clearly and example of the stupidity of our legislative representatives. Some of these clowns have without opposition.

      • jim

        Then i suggest that the EMT’s, Chaplain, cops or anyone else to get a dufferent job if they can’t deal with the rigors of their jobs/employments.

        • wendi

          What about the people who chose NOT to wear a seatbelt and survived? and was later told if you were wearing your seat belt you would have dies and been crushed in your vehicle… It goes all ways, people should beable to choose, not have the government choose for them…. I CHOOSE not to wear my belt, I may or may not survive a crash, thats gods choice.

          • Tara

            so ignorant.

  • Jay

    Its like Jesse said, its just natures way to eliminate idiots to stupid to buckle up!

  • M B

    I support the repeal on one condition: You can’t sue anybody if you’re hurt in a car accident without your seat belt. I believe it’s someone’s right to be stupid as long as that doesn’t hurt someone else. If you get hurt because you didn’t wear one and you can’t afford to put food on the table for your kids, don’t expect someone else to pick up the tab.

    You know the ambulance chasing lawyers LOVE when someone gets hurt in an accident.

  • common sense

    Unfortunately, if an unbelted driver is in an accident, the probability of serious injury is much greater. Just another reason our health insurance rates are high. Drivers should be belted (and motorcyclists should wear helmets).

  • Todd

    Stupid idiot! tell that to the EMT who has to clean up the blood soaked body after it has gone through the windshield. Tell that to the chaplain who has to tell your love one that you didn’t survive the crash because you were not wearing your damn seatbelt. Tell that to the parent who has just leaned that her 16 year son died in a crash that could have been avoided had he worn his seatbelt. Tell that to the public safety officers who must respond to a horrible crash where the occupants are just barely hanging on for life. This is clearly and example of the stupidity of our legislative representatives.

  • rick

    I don’t like the seat belt law personally but why would you get rid of a law that is bringing in extra money during a time when the state needs all they can get?

  • Swamp Rat

    How stupid is this repeal amendment? Just wait until the MN highway accident fatality rates increase. This is no responsible excuse for not buckling up. I wouldn’t be commenting on this thread if I wasn’t wearing my seat belt and crashed head-on into a deer.

    I was doing 70mph in a light pick-up on I-35 when a deer bolted onto the highway. I hit the deer square-on at 70mph. Needless, to say, I still had control of my vehicle and got off the highway. With severe front end damage and a broken windshield the truck was totaled. The only difficulty I had was exiting the truck; the door was jammed. A good shove and I was out. The same holds true for my son who was a passenger.

    The moral of this report–without seatbelts we wouldn’t be able to walk away from the wrecked truck. [The deer was a large buck in excess of 275 pounds.] In light of recent tragic accidents how many other accident victims could have walk away from their wrecked vehicles if they only had buckled up.

    Why are legislators trying to repeal primary seatbelt safety law[s] when the state’s budget is still a mess? This Minnesotan would like to know!

    • Jen

      Why would you be going 70mph with your child in the car or at all for that matter? Where is your common sense?

      • Sam

        Ummm, maybe to stay with the flow of the traffic on I35 like everyone else. Oh, so YOU’RE the one that gums up the freeway doing 55-60 in the right lane!

        • bll

          Then merge to the left lane, common sense. 70 mph is the LIMIT and there is also a minimum FYI. Not everyone has to go 70

      • Swamp Rat

        That so-called child you comment about was a teenager. He is now over 21 and driving his own car. No one gets in his car without buckling up! This is because he knows what would happen if he didn’t buckle-up and had an accident! His buckle-up rule includes his parents, too.

        Now that’s common sense!!!

        • Swamp Rat

          P.S.: I forgot to add that the stretch of I-35 I hit the deer on was posted-70mph and North of Forest Lake. My only course of action was to hit the oncoming deer square on and slow down until positive vehicle control. That’s another reason we walked away from this accident!

          • bill

            Didnt have to go 70. couldve been avoided.

  • Pavel

    The seat belt law is for the common good of all. It has been documented injuries and deaths are significantly reduced if a seat belt is worn, just as children belted into car seats are safer. To reduce insurance costs and years of care for brain injured automobile occupants laws have been enacted. Those of you who favor repeal might check with your insurance company to see how much your premium will increase with this repeal.

    Many states and European countries are imposing these basic safety laws and the Republican controlled House is attempting to repeal them. Any individual who would vote for such an obviously needed safety law does not belong in such a governing body.

    Furthermore all motorcycle riders should be required to wear a helmet. Enough said.

  • Pavel

    Remember to vote out all the individuals who voted to repeal this law. I can’t believe the muddle this Republican-controlled legislative body has made this year. Some nut comes up with an “idea” and they follow the leader!

    • bill

      “Some nut comes up with an “idea” and they follow the leader!”

      Hmm, sounds familiar…. “YES WE CAN, YES WE CAN, CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE!”

  • falcon602

    Some of you might consider that every law we have is in some way intruding in your life, if you choose to see it that way. But clearly some have benefits, it’s a matter of judgement. Can’t you see past the politicizing and agree that using a seat belt increases the odds of surviving a crash? And no I don’t clean a bloody body at a crash. I just look at the remains and shake my head thinking gee-I hope the “freedom” of not wearing a seat belt was worth the what I’m looking at now. I just don’t want to pay for your decision.

  • Todd W. Olson

    I encourage all Tea Party “personal liberty” fanatics to support this bill. For God’s sake, don’t wear your seat belts. Don’t wear motor-cycle helmets, clean your toasters with steel butter knives while they’re plugged in, clean your guns while you’re drinking and absolutely, by all means, drink as much raw milk as you can lay your hands on.

  • Belted-In

    By all means get rid of the seat-belt law, but replace it with one that allows me to finish you off with a baseball bat rather than pay to keep your brain dead body alive.

    • Gage Seewald

      Im all for that, but use a gun because i dont want you to miss and make it worse.

  • Tara

    Oh jim get over it. Its for public safety! A truck hits me at 40 mph from behind when Im sitting at a stop light….seat belt? I jerk forward hard and the seat belt holds me…NO seat belt and I fly out the window and leave my 1 year old son in the backseat without a mother….simple.

    • Gage Seewald

      Ummm i guess you were not in Physics class, because you would not fly out the window infront of you from being hit from BEHIND you would be pro peled backwards violently and smash you head on the seat or the widow of the truck weather or not you were wearing you belt dose not matter at this point becaus you will be injured from whiplash which intern could still kill you instantly. so your kid is still out a Mother, and the forward momentum built up by your car moving forward and trying to stop because you foot is on the break would be Significantly less forceful making you smack your head into the steering wheel which could kill you to but rather just break some facial bones, but if you have airbags you ok THEY prevent you from going out the window. NOW this being said your likely ness of surviving a 40 MPH accident with you at a standstill a is about 38% with a seat-belt the sear force of the truck hitting you could kill you and your child.

      im not letting you ruin a great conversation out of pity.

      im sorry but i dont feel like paying a 100+ dollar ticket for getting pulled over 8 blocks away from my house when im running to the gas station that is 12 blocks away.

  • Earl Wilcox

    EARL iTS about time somebody in this stink rot state remembered the word freedom.The perfect fix would be to lay off 40 thousand cops and stop useing the traffic laws to support the nazi crime regime NAMELY THE STATE OF MINNESOTA

    • Swamp Rat

      Stupid is as stupid does.—Forrest Gump.

      Are you for real!! Listen to yourself. Since when do ersatz patriots start calling the state of MN [imperfect as it is] a “Nazi crime regime”? I know some of my ‘veteran’ brothers and sisters would disagree with you. Besides what does your opinions regarding the supposed MN Nazi regime have to do with the seatbelt repeal bill anyway?

      Minnesota doesn’t really take away your choice to vehicular suicide by not wearing seatbelts. Just don’t get caught not wearing them. Minnesota wants your tax money and good looks to grace for a long time.

  • DontTreadOnMe

    This is like saying we should outlaw guns. The bad guys still have guns. The people who don’t want to wear a belt are not going to obey a the law anyway. If you don’t wear your seatbelt, it doesn’t affect me one bit.

  • ryan

    this is land of the free huh?

  • Ageoff

    Driving is not a “privilege” so long as my money is confiscated through taxes and used to build/maintain roads. It is closer right until all roads and highways are private (fat chance).

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