seatbelt fines + law

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by americanlawn, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    3 times during the past 2 years, our employees have been issued fines for not wearing seatbelts. We beat the charges EVERYTIME! Seems the young cops around here do not know the LAW...........Odd, but true. At least here,,,, if you make frequent stops and do not exceed 25 mph, you are NOT required to wear seatbelts. So I say HA HA to cops on this issue. I like cops (many are customers), but when they do not know the LAWS they enforce, I get a little concerned?? Odd, but very true. My problem regarding this issue is "every minute counts" when we guys are putting in long hours & weekends -- just the opposite of "government employees". I won't even get into the "school teacher issue + taxes"........
     
  2. KTO Enterprises

    KTO Enterprises LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have a farmers law in my state. Any 1 ton truck you dont have to have seat bet on at any time
     
  3. ANYBODY in my trucks WILL be wearing their seat belts periold.
     
  4. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    In MICHIGAN a frequent stop is defined as stops within 1/2 mile of each other. Speed is not a factor.
     
  5. d&rlawncare

    d&rlawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    But dont you have to go to court to beat these citations? "every minute counts" as you sit in court to fight it.
     
  6. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
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    Lets forego safety to save a minute. Get caught, get a ticket spend time trying to beat the ticket... Yeah real smart, real efficient. Get out of the ticket cause you can beat the system... Only someday get dead when it is preventable or injured think of all the time you saved then. Smart, real smart.

    In South Dakota the fine is $20.00 and if you are over age 18 seatbelt violations are a secondary offense meaning you have to be stopped for something else. The fine does not go on your driving record and reported to insurance.
     
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Seatbelt goes on everytime, takes 2 seconds, avoids any trouble with the law and could save your life. Makes sense to me.
     
  8. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
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    i almost never wear it and i should i see enough driving a tow truck...one time i was driving one and i pulled up on a accident for the state police and i had my seat belt on and i went to jump out and forgot it was on and almost hung myself getting out of the high truck and i couldnt reach to unhook it so i had to slide out it was pretty embarrasing
     
  9. Darrin A.

    Darrin A. LawnSite Member
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    If it takes a whole minute to buckle up (which we all know it doesn't) and it takes 15 minutes to get pulled over and get the ticket (we all know it can take more than this) that's allready 45 minutes of downtime you lost. Doesn't make sense to me.
    The only time I don't wear a belt is when I am going to a major (actual) emergency IN THE AMBULANCE i.e. heart attack, cpr in progress, dificulty breathing, where seconds really do count (I am a volunteer EMT) anything less, my belt gets put on asap.
     
  10. Turf Terror

    Turf Terror LawnSite Member
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    My youngest son didn't think seatbelts were cool...
    Crossing the centerline into oncoming traffic and having his head go through the windshield made him think otherwise...
    The accident happened a few months ago....BUCKLE UP!!!
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    No internal injuries--no brain damage--a few broken bones in his face. The team of facial recontructive surgeons at Mass. General in Boston, put him back together nicely. They said they never saw anyone come in with such severe facial trauma who didn't have a brain injury. Scarring should be minimal. He needs another surgery to repair a droopy eyelid. I'm lucky he's alive.

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