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Raucous Seat Belt Debate Expected at State House Today

May 21, 2007

Personal freedom and public health rights will be weighed today when the New Hampshire Senate transportation committee holds hearings on a proposed seat belt law. Opponents have long argued that the "live free or die" tradition means seat belts should remain an individual choice, but bill supporters like Vice Chair Peter Burling of Cornish say society has rights, too.

“This isn't just about the individual's right to be free of a bit of webbing. It is society's right and the community's right to kind of protect the best interests of all of us.”

Burling adds that drivers who don't buckle up put more than just themselves at risk.

“I just think the time has come for us to recognize that each of us has an obligation not only to ourselves and our families, but to the people who will respond when we get in trouble, or the people who will have to pay the bill.”

Opponents also say voluntary seat belt use is better policy than requiring it, but supporters say that approach hasn't worked. The House already passed the bill, so if it clears the Senate, it's on to Gov. Lynch, who has not yet said if he will sign it.

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH