OK, I don't get it. The esteemed legislature of Arkansas decided a while back that if you don't wear a seat belt when operating a vehicle on Arkansas roads you will be fined. I am OK with child restraint laws and seat belts for children because children don't have a choice and children do need protection from lazy or stupid parents, but me, traveling alone or with other adults, we should have a FREEDOM to choose. Of course the law was passed under the premise of "public safety". Baloney! How is it that the public is endangered in any way by the fact I don't wear a seat belt? If I had a passenger and I did not make a seat belt available to said passenger, they may have a point.
The next argument is, "It is for your own good.". Again, BALONEY! There a lot of things that I may or may not do, and legal I might add, that are just as great a danger to my well being as not wearing a seat belt. Please explain to me how I could climb on a motorcycle and ride as long as I like without a helmet. How is it more dangerous for me to not wear a seat belt? It is not even illegal for me to NOT provide a passenger with a helmet, even if the passenger would prefer to wear one!
What really irritates me is that at first the law was passively enforced. In other words, you would only be cited for a seat belt infraction if you were to be stopped for some other reason. Now, however, we spend untold thousands of dollars, hiring, training, and equipping our State Police and now send them out on "seat belt enforcement duty" for the sole purpose of looking for and citing drivers for not wearing their seat belt. I thought we employed the State Police to enforce traffic laws, (you know, the ones that when broken actually do endanger the pubic), and investigate crime. So why are we making the State Police spend their precious time and our precious resources looking for people committing the heinous crime of not wearing a seat belt. What a waste and what an infringement on personal freedom! Where is the ACLU when you need them?