My husband and I were driving home from downtown Minneapolis the other night when I realized I was breaking the law.
I was sitting in the back seat of our sedan and didn't have my seat belt buckled. Minnesota just passed another stupid nanny state law which requires every passenger in a car to be buckled up or they can be pulled over and fined $25.
Sometimes I buckle my seat belt when seated in the back seat, sometimes I don't. It's usually just a matter of not remembering to do it. I also have a habit of not buckling my seat belt when I'm driving until I'm pulling out of my neighborhood.
As I watched a guy on a motorcycle careening by our large 4-door sedan- I thought about the absurdity that he could do so without a helmet on and it would be completely legal. I, on the other hand, could be pulled over and ticketed.
I don't care if somebody doesn't want to wear their motorcycle helmet, that's their stupidity. So, why do people care if I'm wearing my seat belt in the back seat of my own car?