Seat Belts Argumentative Essay

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English 10 Honors
November 19, 2013 Argument Based Essay
Seat Belts

A seat belt is a restraining device installed in a vehicle to prevent or minimize the force of an injury during a crash (“Seat Belts” 5). Although it is also known as a safety belt, the “safety” part is the key issue that is causing much controversy around drivers, manufacturers, and researchers alike. The main idea around the debate is the fact that although research indicates that when seat belts are used properly they save lives, opponents argue that mandating their use can actually cause more harm than good in some cases and is an infringement on personal rights. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people
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Freedom stops when we get to a point where others may be harmed or killed. As soon as something puts lives in danger, the “right” of freedom disappears thus making mandatory seatbelt laws a non-infringement on freedom.
“Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury in a vehicle” (“Seat Belt Safety, Seat Belt Laws”). Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50%. Seat belts save lives and are effective in preventing ejections from a vehicle. While opponents argue that in certain cases it is better to not wear a seatbelt, wearing a seatbelt is usually the safer route. A person will never know what type of accident they might enter and thus can’t prepare for a certain type of accident. You can’t know whether or not having a seatbelt will save you. It’s better to wear a seatbelt and have a 50% of survival than not wearing a seatbelt and have a 3% chance of being in a situational accident where not having a seat belt will save you. Research shows that “Seat Belts saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004 to 2008” (“Seat Belt Safety, Seat Belt Laws”). Without the mandatory use of seat belts, many lives could be put in danger and this would have negative social and economic effects on society. 49 States in the USA have issued mandatory seat belt laws to promote safe habits and to protect the people. With this law in place, many lives have been saved as people were forced to wear seat belts to properly

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