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Friday, May 27, 2005

Click It Or Ticket

There was a radio commercial on the other day about car safety belt laws. Where I live, Wisconsin, police have started ticketing drivers more frequently for not wearing their safety belts. The campaign slogan is CLICK IT OR TICKET. Catchy, I know.

The narrator of this particular commercial said, "We all know the inconvenience of getting a ticket..." and "Yeah, we all know, buckle your seatbelt, blah blah blah."

The inconvenience of getting a ticket? That got me thinking. What about the inconvenience of being dead? What about the medical staff's inconvenience as they shovel your remains off the highway? What about my inconvenience as I sit down for a bowl of maple and brown sugar oatmeal in the morning and listen to the grisly details on the radio?

The inconvenience of a ticket? No, getting a ticket for not wearing your seatbelt isn't inconvenient. But being propelled through your windshield at 60MPH would sure be a downer. Then again, you don't really have an opinion on the matter when you're dead — being dead and all. I imagine most of being dead is just one big downer.

Except for the part where you haunt the living and watch them take showers.

24 Comments:

At 12:56 PM, Blogger sarah the great and wise said...

The law enforcement of Texas is doing the same thing AND they are using the same slogan. Are there giant billboards yet?

 
At 1:38 PM, Blogger kinkyrhombus said...

california (well, los angeles - but we are california really) needs to hand out more tickets for stupid drivers. like the ones who cut off the left turn lane folk to make the left turn. now that's an inconvenience.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger omar said...

Speaking of dumb drivers, there was an article on CNN's website today that ranked the driving of each state. http://money.cnn.com. NY had a similar campaign, but I don't recall a catchy slogan.

And hells yeah to maple and brown sugar Quaker oatmeal. I get the multi-flavor pack that also has cinnamon spice. Mmmm.

 
At 4:24 PM, Blogger Carrie said...

I've been hearing this commercial from the Chicago stations we have. Michigan has had this "Click It or Ticket" thing for as long as I can remember. I was actually suprised that other states don't have seatbelt laws as strict as we do here in Michigan. Anyway yeah, I agree. I've been in 2 HORRENDOUS accidents and both times wearing my seat belt saved my life. I strongly recommend them, hehe.

Oh, and I live in SW Michigan, yeah. That's why I get Chicago stations, it's like... close and stuff.

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger Pecos Blue said...

just left dc and now in NM, it is nice to not have to worry about the traffic anymore--but no one here seems to where a seat belt--maybe our society is rebeling against the fear mongering and the threat of a ticket is easier to stomach???

 
At 6:02 PM, Blogger 123-I-Love-You said...

Andy - glad to see you're back at it. Blogging is definitely good for stimulating the creative juices.

That sounded way more perverted than I'd wanted it to.

Anyway, good luck with the new blog.

I think that you'll gradually work yourself onto a theme though. It's hard to avoid. Mine started off as a general topic blog, but it ended up being based on my baldness, fatness, and sexlessness. Hmm. Food for thought.

Anyway, I have great faith in you and your writing.

I shall return.

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger cac said...

I think the slogan is a national slogan because its the same slogan in Kansas and Missouri also.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger Ripsy said...

Yeah Nebraska has it too. Seatbelts are amazing things. I think anyone who doesn't wear a seatbelt is truly an idiot. A lot of kids in Nebraska are idiots and end up dying. I honestly think they should use the shock effect for advertisements. Lets not sugar coat it. Show the videos that they show in Driver's Ed with the crash test dummies who are so violently propelled through the car that their heads are ruined, or better yet, lets have it really filmed. Parents might complain about corrupting the youth with violence, but I'd rather be corrupted than attend the funerals of my friends. Just a thought.

 
At 10:26 PM, Blogger Jon said...

I think it shows amazing stupidity on the part of anyone that thinks it’s unnecessary to buckle up, but I also think it’s a sad statement on our society as a whole that we need seatbelt/ helmet (I ride a motorcycle too) laws in the first place. It seems to me that there is a distinct lack of common sense in the world.

 
At 3:45 AM, Blogger Ripsy said...

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At 3:45 AM, Blogger Ripsy said...

Well, the weird thing is that most of these people know of other people who have died in accidents, and yet they still think nothing bad could ever happen to them.

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger latina marie said...

it's an established fact that our beloved united states is just brimming with fools. maybe people who don't wear seat belts are doing the rest of us a favor by removing themselves from the population (not to mention the gene pool)...and click it or ticket is also a campaign that happens a couple of times a year in florida and alabama (i live on the state line).

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Gloria Glo said...

My fave part is the utter selfishness combined with complete arrogance of human kind. The 'What's it to me today?' meets 'That only happens to bad people.' mentality. How funny.

 
At 5:40 PM, Blogger shake said...

I just wanted to let you know that I have become horribly addicted to your blogging after stumbling upon your New York intern blog while googling. You are such an incredible writer. I didn't even know what blogging was before (I really lived under a rock for the past two years!), and now I have my own. Keep doing what you're doing. It is refreshing to say the least.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Storm said...

Ha! As I'm reading this (in New Mexico), the TV is on, and guess what commercial just aired? That's right, Click it or Ticket! Oy, and I thought New Mexico and Texas were the only ones with the ultra-annoying campaigns.

 
At 12:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wuju, soy el usuario anonimo... that name is just great

so anyway, it's good to see you have a new blog, though the superhero is also too much cool (that was intentional, the rest isn't, i'm from mexico), and it's funny that you mention maddox site, cause I saw it a couple days ago and thought the same, it annoyed me to see someone so arrogant

oh, yeah, and buckle up for safety...
you're right, that slogan is not as catchy as the new one

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger jan said...

I was a faithful and loyal reader of your New York Intern blog, and have(as you requested) followed u 'zombielike' into your superhero and THIS blog. What greater compliment can i give? :p

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Koenix said...

My bro and dad were watching a race on TV and the "Click It or Ticket" commercial aired. I wouldn't have known anything about it if I hadn't read this post.

I also wasn't paying much attention to the TV, but still...

 
At 8:57 AM, Blogger scribe called steff said...

And what about how they'll have to use a couple gallons of Coke to wash your bloodstains off the road? eh? That always sucks, I hear. :)

thelastditch.blogspot.com

Of course-- I ride a scooter. No tickets! And I look cute.

 
At 9:35 AM, Blogger Aries327 said...

Not wearing your seatbelt is stupid, I agree. And I always wear my seatbelt. But I think it's ridiculous that so much emphasis is put on it to the extent that a police officer can pull someone over if they suspect a person is not wearing one, and then they can do a vehicle search, if they feel like it, once they have you pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt.

What bothers me is the focus on seatbelts, instead of harsher laws for drunk driving and driving under the influence of drugs. Why not harsher sentences for drunk driving, like revoking someone's license to drive FOR LIFE, if they're caught drunk driving and they fail a blood-alcohol level test? Why not? It's done in other countries to great effect.

Personally I think the seat-belt law is missing the point and it seems like a diversion from one of the real problems with American roads and drivers.

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Mike said...

I am SO opposed to seatbelt laws.

On the other hand, I won't put my car into gear unless everyone in it is buckled in.

I just don't think it's useful for the government to legislate the practice and use the police to enforce it.

The simplest solution is for insurance companies to not make any payments to anybody not wearing a seatbelt in the event of accident, and for ambulances, hospitals, police, fire, and other rescue and emergency personnel to bill the non-seatbelt-wearing idiot for their time and expenses.

 
At 11:19 AM, Blogger Jammerz said...

We have the annoying ticket or click it campaign here in Seattle. Billboards, lame ass commercials the whole bit.

The thing that bothers me more then a seatbelt law is a carseat/booster seat law for children. It amazes me that people need laws to keep their children safe in the car. I can't imagine saying "eh, I'll just let me baby roll around the backseat, whats the big deal"

Oh, and I agree about it being hard to keep your blog from being themed, I started a general blog and it turned into entries about how my boss drinks bleach and vaccuums his cat.

 
At 9:21 AM, Blogger Caro said...

florda joined the click it or ticket club as well...but i just think it's so DUMB that people don't get it. they put a flashing light inside your car telling you to put on your seatbelt. there are countless grisly stories of people being propelled out windshields at high speeds. for god's sake, now there's even a slogan so you remember to put a seat belt on! and it even rhymes!!!! but of course, there will always be thickheads who think they are immortal and don't bother putting on a seatbelt. and then those people die. it's so sad.

 
At 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seat Belt Laws are despicable, plain and simple. They are Big Brother in action. Its just another way for Government to control your life, and for people to control what others do. Seat Belt Laws are anti-American. If you want to choose to wear them--fine. But those who force others to wear Seat Belts are no better than those who tell others what to do with the contents of their womb, or tell others whom to Love. I am so very sick of those on the Left or Right telling me what to do. Can you imagaine what our founding fathers would say if ol' Tom Jefferson proposed a law requring buggy drivers and occupants to be strapped in? They would have thought he had gone mad. And today, Americans have truly lost their minds if they buy into all this crap. Remember, if you don't stand up for the rights of others, then one day there will be NO one to stand up for you!

 

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