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Virginia State Police troopers plan to kick off Operation CARE, part of a nationwide program to reduce traffic accidents.

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opinionated

United States

#1 May 25, 2012
As though a seat belt will prevent an accident.

Ive always said that a seat belt should be my choice and I stand by that. If I want to put my life in my hands as an adult I should be allowed. Seat belt tickets are nothing more than revenue...

Honestly, are you worried that if I wreck my body will fly thru the wind sheild and harm a pedestrian? Is that the validation? LOL... No its about the money.
him

Keswick, VA

#2 May 25, 2012
I wish they would CARE to stay out of my business. They need to get their own home under control in Richmond before trying to tell me what I need to do with my car.
rwa

Kents Store, VA

#3 May 25, 2012
opinionated wrote:
As though a seat belt will prevent an accident.
Ive always said that a seat belt should be my choice and I stand by that. If I want to put my life in my hands as an adult I should be allowed. Seat belt tickets are nothing more than revenue...
Honestly, are you worried that if I wreck my body will fly thru the wind sheild and harm a pedestrian? Is that the validation? LOL... No its about the money.
If you want to sign away your rights to have us all pay for you when you end up a vegetable and a ward of the state after getting in an accident, go right ahead.
opinionated

United States

#4 May 25, 2012
rwa wrote:
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If you want to sign away your rights to have us all pay for you when you end up a vegetable and a ward of the state after getting in an accident, go right ahead.
I'm pretty sure that's exactly what I'm agreeing to. Nonseat-belted accidents are guarenteed to be what? 75%? more fatal.
If anything I'm saving you imaginary tax dollars for my imaginary public healthcare you think you'll be paying me to be a vegetable.
And if you are saying its insurance. That's laughable. I've paid in more than enough principle over my driving years to pay for my own accident. If your insurance rate is too high, blame your insurance companies bottom line.
yipper

Charlottesville, VA

#5 May 25, 2012
State Police kick off a money making project this weekend.
GReg

Charlottesville, VA

#6 May 25, 2012
What's wrong with generating revenue on the backs of lousy drivers? I'm all for it.

Too bad the legislature can't bring themselves to prohibit cell-phone use while driving.
Bob

Charlottesville, VA

#7 May 25, 2012
CARE = Citations Are Revenue Enhancement?
Duh

Charlottesville, VA

#8 May 25, 2012
opinionated wrote:
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I'm pretty sure that's exactly what I'm agreeing to. Nonseat-belted accidents are guarenteed to be what? 75%? more fatal.
If anything I'm saving you imaginary tax dollars for my imaginary public healthcare you think you'll be paying me to be a vegetable.
And if you are saying its insurance. That's laughable. I've paid in more than enough principle over my driving years to pay for my own accident. If your insurance rate is too high, blame your insurance companies bottom line.
Your rationale is laughable because you don't have a clue how insurance works. Premiums for everybody are influenced on the total amount paid out to compensate for health care. It's not your "own accident".
pfft

United States

#9 May 25, 2012
Duh wrote:
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Your rationale is laughable because you don't have a clue how insurance works. Premiums for everybody are influenced on the total amount paid out to compensate for health care. It's not your "own accident".
Are you saying that your car insurance doubles as accidental death and dismemberment and/or life insurance? Car insurance premiums for everyone aren't going to raise a single dime if we die in the accidents. They go up if we live! Less is paid by insurance if you die. More if you need medical assistance. Opinionated is right. It should be a choice because it effects no one else but the driver.
Duh

Charlottesville, VA

#10 May 25, 2012
pfft wrote:
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Are you saying that your car insurance doubles as accidental death and dismemberment and/or life insurance? Car insurance premiums for everyone aren't going to raise a single dime if we die in the accidents. They go up if we live! Less is paid by insurance if you die. More if you need medical assistance. Opinionated is right. It should be a choice because it effects no one else but the driver.
Opinionated, you said:
"you think you'll be paying me to be a vegetable"
And we will. I'll go over it again for you.
Your insurance coverage pays for your hospital stay and your care. In the case of being a vegetable, your health costs will be astronomical. The insurance company pays for this care and has to raise premiums on everyone to compensate for their expenses. Where do you think they get the money from to pay for the coverage?
The less health care you need, the less they need to spend, and the less revenue they need to collect.
It is really that simple.
Tip

Charlottesville, VA

#11 May 25, 2012
We generally drive safe anyway regardless of the police presence. I agree, it's just a revenue making process for the State. Any other time of the year except holidays, you are hard pressed to find a cop on the road. Just stay out of our business!
ooom

United States

#12 May 25, 2012
I would like to know if the departments have sat down and reviewed the location type stats, for serious or fatal crashes, for the last 5-10 years. How are they picking their enforcement "hot spots"? Are they picking areas where they know they can catch a lot of say-speeders and pad their stats or are they picking locations that existing stats indicate may be most productive in limiting the number of serious or fatal crashes? Enforce because you care and want to save lives, not just to harass us.
Dun

Charlottesville, VA

#13 May 25, 2012
ooom wrote:
I would like to know if the departments have sat down and reviewed the location type stats, for serious or fatal crashes, for the last 5-10 years. How are they picking their enforcement "hot spots"? Are they picking areas where they know they can catch a lot of say-speeders and pad their stats or are they picking locations that existing stats indicate may be most productive in limiting the number of serious or fatal crashes? Enforce because you care and want to save lives, not just to harass us.
That was confusing. Could you restate that opinionated and pfft?
yipper

Charlottesville, VA

#14 May 25, 2012
Dun wrote:
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That was confusing. Could you restate that opinionated and pfft?
The poster meant the cops are out to right a bunch od tickets this weekend.
freedom of choise

New York, NY

#17 May 25, 2012
In 1982 I saw a family burn to death in their car in myrtle beach s.c. because they could not get out of their seat belts.It made me think if it is your time not even a seat belt can save you but that image is burn in my mind of a family of 5 and 2 in car seats screaming as they burned. So I don't wear it unless I am on the Interstate. 1998 I told a cop in Maryland that pulled me over for a seat belt violation and he was not wearing his If he wants to spend the day in court with me letting a judge know he was above the law and how my right to choose was being impeded by the state while the cop did not wear his that is fine with me he gave me a warning. So if you are pulled over look to see if the officer is wearing his and use your phone cam to snap a pic if he is not wearing his seat belt it could be interesting in court.
opinionated

United States

#18 May 25, 2012
Dun wrote:
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That was confusing. Could you restate that opinionated and pfft?
I'm staying out of this now. I've said my peace. As far as paying for my own accident, why don't you do some math. Maximum policy payout -(((Monthly payments x 12) x number of years driving)+ deductable) Was your conclusion greater than or equal to your maximum policy payout? But I digress...

The only point I wanted to make was that NOT WEARING A SEATBELT DOES NOT CAUSE AN ACCIDENT, NOR DO I BELIEVE IN A TASK FORCE TO FINE FOR SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE OUR CHOICE TO BEGIN WITH...

Now, pick apart every word I've said, Duh/Dun, and enjoy being pissy because someone's opinion is different than your own. Feel free to believe that our premiums aren't an accumulate of corporate greed. Have an eventful weekend, everyone. Good luck to you all.
opinionated

United States

#19 May 25, 2012
ooom wrote:
I would like to know if the departments have sat down and reviewed the location type stats, for serious or fatal crashes, for the last 5-10 years. How are they picking their enforcement "hot spots"? Are they picking areas where they know they can catch a lot of say-speeders and pad their stats or are they picking locations that existing stats indicate may be most productive in limiting the number of serious or fatal crashes? Enforce because you care and want to save lives, not just to harass us.
Also, that's an interesting thought. Maybe NBC29 could find out for us?
Gru

United States

#21 May 26, 2012
Revenue wh*res. That's all they are; that's all they "CARE" about. When you NEED help -- either they're nowhere to be found -- or show up ... and do NOTHING.
Anonymous

Blacksburg, VA

#22 May 28, 2012
Apparently they really CARE about tinted windows...I know several people who were ticketed this weekend for having their windows tinted too dark, after driving their cars for 2 or more years without issue.
Anonymous

Blacksburg, VA

#23 May 28, 2012
opinionated wrote:
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I'm staying out of this now. I've said my peace. As far as paying for my own accident, why don't you do some math. Maximum policy payout -(((Monthly payments x 12) x number of years driving)+ deductable) Was your conclusion greater than or equal to your maximum policy payout? But I digress...
The only point I wanted to make was that NOT WEARING A SEATBELT DOES NOT CAUSE AN ACCIDENT, NOR DO I BELIEVE IN A TASK FORCE TO FINE FOR SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE OUR CHOICE TO BEGIN WITH...
Now, pick apart every word I've said, Duh/Dun, and enjoy being pissy because someone's opinion is different than your own. Feel free to believe that our premiums aren't an accumulate of corporate greed. Have an eventful weekend, everyone. Good luck to you all.
Operating a motor vehicle is not a right, it is a PRIVILEGE. The state has every right to mandate seat belts as a condition for this privilege. If you don't like it, you're welcome to not drive a car, and use public transportation which, lucky for you, doesn't have seat belts.

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