How often do you wear your seat belt? If you’re a Bahamian living in The Bahamas, I’m will to bet good money that the answer is hardly ever. Of course, when you travel to Miami you always wear your belt.
Maybe its because they actually enforce the seat-belt law in the United States. Well our government has now seen fit to finally enforce our laws.
The seat-belt law was enacted in March 2002 and for the past 8 years police have paid little to no attention to its enforcement. That is about to change;
All drivers and passengers will be required to use seat-belts or risk fines ranging from $100 up to $500. Everyone in the vehicle must be properly restrained and children under the age of five must be placed in a child seat
I believe that the lack of enforcement of laws in this country has led to the culture of lawlessness and feel that every traffic infraction should be strictly enforced.
The theory of broken windows that I wrote about in this article tell us that Minor infractions leads to major offenses. I’m hopeful that this is the beginning of a move by government to crack down on all minor infractions within our communities.
In addition to saving lives, enforcement of the seat-belt law would should also increase much needed revenue for government by taxing lawbreakers. Hmmm… could this be the real reason for the government’s move toward enforcement after 8 years?
Lol, Maybe I’m just getting jaded in my old age.
Whatever the reason, I believe this will be a good thing. And for you Bahamians that are having problems adapting to this law, I have a simple solution; Just pretend you’re in Miami! 🙂
— Straight Talk —