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NH Seat Belt Vote: Money, Rights and Safety

March 27, 2007

One side says seatbelt laws have been shown to increase use, and save lives. The other side says wearing a seatbelt should be a personal choice. And the face-off is today as the New Hampshire House takes up a bill to require everyone to buckle up. Representative Bob L'Heureux says it's a law he supports, although he didn't always. He changed his mind after a car crash affected his family, and after seeing public support grow for the law.

"I'm hearing more and more from my constituents concerned about the rising number of deaths and injuries, demanding that we take whatever steps are necessary to reduce a major cause of human suffering and misery."

Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed in New Hampshire support a seat belt law for all (UNH Survey Center for Safe Kids NH). New Hampshire is unique in that it's the only state without a seatbelt law for all, and some critics of the proposed law say that uniqueness should be treasured as independence from federal control.

Pat Moody with AAA Northern New England says there are monetary reasons why a seat belt law for all is needed. Federal highway money is tied to the law, and traumatic car crashes mean high-cost medical bills that aren't always covered by insurance.

"This is all about dollars and 'sense.' If you don't have the 'sense' to buckle up, then it's costing the state a lot of dollars."

HB 802 will be debated today in the New Hampshire House, and the vote will likely be Wednesday or Thursday.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH