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  #1  
May 21st, 2007, 06:44 PM
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http://video.aol.com/video/caught-bush-wit...at-belt/1910791

(crappy quality video, sorry)

Anyway, do you think he should have received a ticket? I do!

But, what does it say about his thoughts on the law? It says, to me, that he doesn't find it very important. It also goes to show what a lousy role model he is... as if he hadn't proved that over and over again already.
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May 21st, 2007, 06:48 PM
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It's quite clear he has it on. You can see the strap behind his back. He just didn't have it going across his chest.
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May 21st, 2007, 06:48 PM
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Well that video totally looked bogus to me. The 'news anchor' looked like she was pasted there.
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May 21st, 2007, 06:49 PM
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Well that video totally looked bogus to me. The 'news anchor' looked like she was pasted there.[/b]
She kind of freaked me out too. LOL!
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May 21st, 2007, 06:53 PM
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Yeah, you can tell he's wearing it across his lap or something, and he looks like he's in his driveway or something?!? I mean, when we lived in the country we didn't wear our seatbelts when we were driving around on our own property, or like down the driveway or something.
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May 21st, 2007, 06:53 PM
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Sorry if its fake. It was blurry on my screen and looked like it was real. It was a story that popped up when I signed in to AOL.
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Yeah, you can tell he's wearing it across his lap or something, and he looks like he's in his driveway or something?!? I mean, when we lived in the country we didn't wear our seatbelts when we were driving around on our own property, or like down the driveway or something.[/b]
Same here.

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Sorry if its fake. It was blurry on my screen and looked like it was real. It was a story that popped up when I signed in to AOL.[/b]
*shrugs* Maybe this will turn into a seatbelt debate. LOL!
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May 21st, 2007, 08:40 PM
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Yeah, it does look like he had the lap part on. I know a lot of people who are irritated by the shoulder harness part because it cuts into your neck sometimes.

The Governor of NJ recently got into a serious accident while not wearing his seatbelt. He was seriously injured because he was thrown from his seat. He didn't actually get a ticket for it either. He did go and pay the fine anyway. I think that was just to save face though.
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May 22nd, 2007, 06:27 AM
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Well we are all human...who hasn't forgotten their seatbelt once or twice? Although, my seatbelt saved my life in a car accident, so I am 100% pro buckling up!
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May 22nd, 2007, 06:31 AM
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I can't ever forget my seatbelt, my car yells at me if it's not buckled lol
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May 22nd, 2007, 06:42 AM
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Even if he was only driving with the lapbelt, it's still dangerous. Those seatbelts need the shoulder harness to be effective.
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May 22nd, 2007, 06:46 AM
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There have been occasions when I've forgotten to buckle up- usually if I happen to be driving a car that isn't mine. When we got our new van I had a heck of a time remembering to buckle for a while. It happens.

Would seatbelt laws be an example of the government regulating a "victimless" offence?
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May 22nd, 2007, 07:12 AM
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I feel out of place if I don't have it on.

My sister couldn't wear the shoulder part in her Cougar. Every time she would turn her head to switch lanes, it would lock up and she couldn't see where she was going. She had to swerve to avoid a car once and because her belt locked up she couldn't see if there were cars in the lane she swerved into. She almost got in a wreck.
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May 22nd, 2007, 07:42 AM
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I'd need more information. I checked Fox, CNN, MSNBC, and ABC's websites and found nothing about W driving without a seatbelt on. A google search turned up only that one video, posted yesterday. That's also the only reference to a week called "National Seatbelt Week" that I can find. I'd think the news would be all over something like W driving without a seatbelt. Also, it does look like he is driving with it on but behind him (totally unsafe but still not the same as not wearing it at all). Plus he is clearly driving slowly as he is waving out the window and it looks like he is driving on a one lane dirt road, possibly at his ranch. Seatbelt laws do not apply on private property, so if he is driving on his ranch, no he absolutely should not have been ticketed.
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May 22nd, 2007, 10:04 AM
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Much as i would LOVE to have something else to be mad at Bush about...

I can't do it with this. I just don't agree with seatbelt laws. I can't agree with the government regulating what we do with OURSELVES. Not wearing a seatbelt only puts one person at risk... you. If that is a choice i want to make for myself, then i should be free to do it...

In fact, i used to deliver newspapers, and while doing that, i HAD to be unbuckled. It was just impossible to twist around, grab papers, and throw them while having your seatbelt on.

I'm also one of those who often wears the shoulder part behind me. I have to sometimes, because it chokes me, and rubs my neck raw otherwise. Seatbelts in cars are designed for a typical MAN'S body, so perhaps we should be working changing their design to make them more comfortable for people of all shapes and sizes. I think that might encourage some to wear them more often, and wear them properly.

But i still don't think it should be regulated, EXCEPT when it comes to properly securing any children in the car.
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May 22nd, 2007, 10:16 AM
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Much as i would LOVE to have something else to be mad at Bush about...

I can't do it with this. I just don't agree with seatbelt laws. I can't agree with the government regulating what we do with OURSELVES. Not wearing a seatbelt only puts one person at risk... you. If that is a choice i want to make for myself, then i should be free to do it...

In fact, i used to deliver newspapers, and while doing that, i HAD to be unbuckled. It was just impossible to twist around, grab papers, and throw them while having your seatbelt on.

I'm also one of those who often wears the shoulder part behind me. I have to sometimes, because it chokes me, and rubs my neck raw otherwise. Seatbelts in cars are designed for a typical MAN'S body, so perhaps we should be working changing their design to make them more comfortable for people of all shapes and sizes. I think that might encourage some to wear them more often, and wear them properly.

But i still don't think it should be regulated, EXCEPT when it comes to properly securing any children in the car.[/b]

I agree with you 100%. I "try" to remember my seatbelt when I drive, but really only for the reason that I don't want to get a ticket.
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May 22nd, 2007, 10:18 AM
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I'm more concerned about the bigger laws he has broken Yes, I think he should get a ticket.
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May 22nd, 2007, 10:34 AM
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I was able to find more information on this including a quote from a TX DOT guy. President Bush was driving on his own private ranch. He was not on public property and so he was not subject to seatbelt laws. It's the same as driving down your own personal driveway to get the mail without putting your seatbelt on. That is perfectly legal but if you leave your driveway and go on to the regular road then you are violating seatbelt laws. The TX DOT quote said as much.
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