By Pat Cashman
If you are reading this while driving at a high-speed down the freeway, you might not necessarily be breaking the law---although you ARE living dangerously. But if you are reading this while driving at a high-speed down the freeway---AND not wearing your seatbelt---you are definitely dead meat.
Specifically, you are 124 dollars worth of dead meat---the fine a policeman could slap on you for driving seat beltless. (If you are reading this while driving sleeveless, no problem. Your right to drive while wearing a short sleeve tee shirt is constitutionally protected under the 2nd Amendment: “...the right of the people to keep...bare arms, shall not be infringed---regardless of whether those short sleeves have fringes or not.”)
The mandatory seat belt law is something like enacting a mandatory PANTS belt law. It’s a law to protect people from themselves. In the case of seat belts, from injury or worse in a car accident. In the case of pants belts, from embarrassment or worse in a dancing accident.