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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I just got my first traffic ticket in years and years. It's been so long that I can't even remember. I do seem to remember a speeding ticket back in the 90's, but I could go to a "traffic school" so it wouldn't end up on my permanent record and make my insurance go up.
But I got pulled over today for not wearing a seat belt. I hate being told that I have to wear a seat belt. I never wear a seat belt. Well, I do in my Mom's car cause she makes me with the excuse of making her insurance go up. But I've never worn one. When I started driving there was no law for it. Then they go and nanny/police-state us. I contend it's my God given right to risk my own neck. It doesn't endanger anyone else on the road. I do put my grandkids in their carseats and I always made my minor children put their seatbelts on because I do believe they can save lives or minimize injury in the case of an accident, especially for those not behind the wheel.
But I shouldn't have to put one on if I don't wanna. I don't believe I should have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle, bicycle, or skateboard either. It's my right to be stupid or careless if I want.
Even the officer said he thinks it's a violation of The Constitution, but he said he has to obey the law and do his job.
But he assured me that it wouldn't make my car insurance go up. I hope not.