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Seatbelts Newly Required For Georgia Pickup Drivers

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2010 Mahindra TR pickup

2010 Mahindra TR pickup

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2010 Mahindra TR pickup

2010 Mahindra TR pickup

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No, this isn't a headline dredged from Google News Archives. Just today, the Georgia House passed a measure that ends an odd loophole allowing adults in pickup trucks—such as the Indian Mahindra pickup that's soon expected from Georgia-based Global Vehicles—to legally eschew seatbelts.

The loophole had been carried over, year after year, unable to get through the legislature due to resistance from rural interests, and an anti-Big Brother sentiment. That, despite American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that about 20 deaths and 200 serious injuries could have been averted in the state each year with the requirement.

Belt use in pickups can reduce fatalities by 60 percent, according to NHTSA, and roughly 70 percent—a much higher percentage than for other types of vehicles—of those who died in pickup crashes weren't wearing a seatbelt.

The measure passed Georgia's Senate already and will be signed by Governor Sonny Perdue.

Under the current law, minors in Georgia are already required to wear belts. New Hampshire remains the only state with no requirement for adults to wear seatbelts. Indiana also used to have an adult exception for pickups, but the state eliminated that in 2007.

In the same whirlwind session, Georgia lawmakers passed bills to restrict texting by teens, though it remained unclear whether final versions would affect adults.

[Washington Post; Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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  1. Mahindra looks so big and safe, plus it has a padded dashboard, so there's no reason to follow this completely unecessary law.
     
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  2. A padded dashboard is just anti-scratch protection. NHTSA does require both seatbelts and frontal airbags in that pickup. When an airbags deploys you had better be seated with your back all the way back. Otherwise, boy, will you get a punch if y'face is close to the dash..
     
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  3. The thing is why do we make people wear seatbelts. Personally I always wear one, it's habit and it's additional safety. It's stupid not to, however if people wish to remove themselves and their stupidity from the gene pool so be it.
     
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