Should Georgia require everyone to wear seat belts?

Georgia does not require adults in the back seat to buckle up. Safety advocates want to change that. But some residents resist what they see as burdensome regulation.
Georgia does not require adults in the back seat to buckle up. Safety advocates want to change that. But some residents resist what they see as burdensome regulation.

A state Senate committee continues to examine the effectiveness of Georgia's seat belt law, which requires drivers and front-seat passengers – but not adults in the back seat – to be buckled up.

On Tuesday the committee held its second meeting, hearing testimony from law enforcement and insurance industry representatives. They supported legislation to require everyone in a vehicle to wear seat belts. But it’s far from clear that’s what the committee will recommend – or whether such legislation would pass the General Assembly.

Safety advocates say such a law would save lives. But many Georgians resist what they see as burdensome regulation.

Which leads us to ask: Do you wear seat belts – always, sometimes or never? Would you support a law requiring everyone to strap in? Is that common sense or an example of big-government overreach?

If you’re willing to be quoted in an upcoming article, contact reporter David Wickert: dwickert@ajc.com.

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