This site is dedicated to the memory of Commander
John C. Waldron and the men of Torpedo Squadron 8, and to all others who gave their lives
to preserve that liberty which some are now trying to take away from us.
"We here highly resolve that these honored dead shall not have died in vain".
October 1, 2015
(Photo courtesy of France2TV)
Crash test, anyone?
(Photo courtesy of KTLA, Los Angeles)
We have hundreds of these pictures, but we like to post new ones
from time to time just to show we're not talking about ancient history. The accident on
the left took place in France on August 10, 2015.
"Posterity! You shall never know how much it
cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of
it." President John Adams, l797. He's talking to you,
United States Congress:
The House and Senate have passed H.R. 719 as amended by senate amendment S.2689, to
keep the gravy train rolling until December 11. We managed to find a copy of the bill, but
they don't make it easy for you. As far as we can tell, that includes funding the Highway
Traffic Murder Administration and the Highway Traffic Murder Grants at the current level.
They're spending more than a trillion dollars a year of your tax money on more than a
thousand special interest groups, most of which you never heard of. The reason they get
away with it is because people don't read the bills. Read P.L. 113-235 and find out what
they're doing with your tax money.
The vote in the senate was 78 to 20 and in the
House 277 to 151. The good news is that the republicans in the House voted against this
bill by 151 to 90. This is a stinging rebuke to the leadership and indicates that most
republicans in the House are sick and tired of business as usual. In the senate, all those
who voted against the bill were republicans, while 31 republicans and 47 democrats voted
for it. For what it's worth, that great conservative presidential candidate, Marco Rubio,
did not bother to vote on this irresponsible, pork barrel abomination.
have read the statements, including the "Notice of Violation", issued by EPA and
CARB (the California Air Resources Board). You can find these statements at www.arb.ca.gov and www.epa.gov.
When you strip away all the excess verbiage, the government's whole case rests
on Ms. Hebert's extremely unlikely assertion (read the language) that Volkswagen
"confessed". She's not even sure exactly what it is that they confessed to.
These statements are basically exercises in propaganda and public relations. They are not
serious legal or technical documents. The best way to describe these statements would be
to say that they are grossly misleading. From a legal point of view, one could not say
that they are lies, although Ms. Hebert's assertion that Volkswagen "confessed"
may be an out and out lie. We don't know, because we weren't there and so don't know what
was actually said. But Ms. Hebert's claim that Volkswagen confessed by quoting the statute
These statements are designed to create a false
impression. They are an attempt to mislead the public. But it is more serious than
that, because they are an attempt by the U.S. Government to inflict a huge frame-up
on the Volkswagen Corporation. The government has published no evidence that
Volkswagen has violated any law or committed any crime. The criminals in this case are
CARB and EPA, who are trying to create an impression in the minds of the public that
Volkswagen has committed some terrible crime, so that they can fine them hundreds of
millions of dollars, just like the government did to General Motors with the
"defective iginition switch" scam.
Resignation of the Speaker. The resignation of Speaker Boehner of the United States House of
Representatives opens up the possibility that the House, may in the future, take a harder
line against NHTSA. We would like to see representative Mica restored to his former
positiion as chairman of the transportation committee, and to see his H.R. 7 of 2012
revived. But it's much to soon to know what is going to happen. Here too we'll just have
to wait to see what develops.
NHTSA: Here's how
1. NHTSA mandates that some dangerous, crackpot
invention be installed in all new cars.
2. NHTSA spends hundreds of millions of taxpayer
dollars to bamboozle the public into believing that this is a good idea.
3. NHTSA rigs the accident reporting system to keep
the truth from coming out.
4. Somebody makes a lot of money and more people
Legislative update: Note:
We have moved more of our 2015 legislative information to leg 2015
United States Senate:
H.R. 22 (update). We added up how much additional money this bill would give to
NHTSA, and it comes to $4,529,388,000. Most of this money is just waste, but where
it used to force people to use seatbelts and booster seats, or forces the automobile
industry to install dangerous, crackpot inventions in new cars, or forces them to make
design changes that make cars less safe, or pays for propaganda that bamboozles the public
into doing something which is liable to kill them, it is tantamount to murder. In
addition, $180,193,000 of it goes for police state harassment.
In addition to the authorization of appropriations,
this bill contains an incredible mass of lunatic verbiage in sections from 34101 to 34434.
Reading this stuff makes you wonder if these people are really quite sane. They have
created this fantasy world for themselves in order to justify their existence. But where
the language gives NHTSA the authority to harass, interfere with, and even fine,
automobile manufacturers, it is not just harmless lunacy. We are glad to see Chrysler
standing up to them (see below).
The senate passed H.R. 22 as amended by the
McConnell amendment, no. 2266. The vote was 65 to 34. You can find the text of the
amendment by going to www.senate.gov, clicking
on "active legislation" and then "H.R. 22". We goofed. Amendment 2266
did contain the highway traffic murder grants in the amendment when it was introduced. It
was in section 34101, not in section 73101, which merely contained the extension for the
rest of fiscal 2015. We cannot find the grants in S. 1647 however. It looks like both
senator Inhofe, the chairman of the senate committee on the environment and public works,
which introduced S. 1647, the original multiyear extension of highway spending
authorization introduced in the senate this year, and senator Thune, the chairman of the
senate commerce committee, which has jurisdiction over NHTSA, were both opposed to the
extension of the highway traffic murder grants.
United States Congress:
H.R. 3236, a bill which would extend highway funding until October 29, has been
passed by the House and the Senate and sent to the president for his signature. The
bill extends the highway traffic murder grants, the grants for police state harassment,
and the cynical grants for "research", on pro rata basis. And so NHTSA
will continue to get their blood money, the auto safety racketeers will continue to rake
in the billions, and Americans will continue to be maimed and killed by seatbelts, air
bags, booster seats and other crackpot imbecilities mandated by NHTSA.
Report of the DOT Inspector General on NHTSA: We read the report, which you can find by going to www.dot.gov, scroll down to the link to the inspector
general's office, and then click on the link to the report. The report does not say that
the emperor is not wearing any clothes. Instead it says that the emperor's taylor is doing
a poor job. Distinguished senators responded to this by saying they are not going to vote
to give the emperor's taylor any more money until he gets his act together. We live in a
strange world. But it's the end result which counts.
News Item: NHTSA is
trying to fine Chrysler $104 million dollars for standing up to NHTSA's phony recall
orders. We congratulate Chrysler for their courage and fortitude. They are an example and
an inspiration to the rest of the auto industry. We would urge Chrysler to tell the
bastards to go to hell. NHTSA is standing on very shaky ground. They would be wise not to
NHTSA: We are starting
to see short ads and "public service announcements" promoting seatbelts,
something we have not seen in some time. This is undoubtedly the work of the new NHTSA
administrator, Mr. Rosekind. Mr. Rosekind is like something out of Jurassic Park, trying
to bring back the past.
United States Senate:
The senate leadership decided to make H.R. 22 "the vehicle" for a multi-year
highway authorization bill. Readers may wonder why the senate doesn't just go ahead and
pass S. 1647. Why do they need "a vehicle"? The answer to that is that H.R. 22
has already passed the House, albeit in a completely different form, and if the senate
agrees on a highway bill they would send H.R. 22 back to the House in the form of an
amendment, which is easier (i.e. quicker) for the House to deal with than if the senate
sent them an entirely new bill, even though the amended version of H.R. 22 would, in
effect, be a new bill. If this makes no sense to you, don't worry. In the arcane world of
congress, this is how business is done.
On June 24, 2015, the Senate Environment and Public
Works Committee reported out S.1647, a bill "to authorize funds for Federal-aid
highways and highway safety construction programs, and for other purposes" through
fiscal 2021. So far as we can tell, the bill does not authorize any funding for Chapter 4
of 23 USC. It does, however, continue current funding through September 30, 2015; that is,
to the end of the current fiscal year. The bill is sponsored by senator Inhofe, the
chairman of the committee, and co-sponsored by senator Boxer, the ranking democrat and
former chairwoman of the committee, and senators Vitter and Carper. The fact that the bill
is sponsored and co-sponsored by two republicans and two democrats would indicate that the
bill has bi-partisan support. This is a hugely important bill, but efforts to extend
highway construction programs over a period of several years have proved difficult to pass
in the past, although they do sometimes get through. So the fate of this bill is
uncertain, but we shall continue to keep and eye on it.
United States Congress:
Putting the cart before the horse, the House has passed H.R. 2577, an appropriation bill
to fund DOT and HUD for fiscal 2016. The bill does say that the appropriations are
contingent on the enactment of an authorization bill, which is nice of them. They are not
always so scrupulous. The bill passed the House on June 9, 2015 by a vote of 216 to 210.
As the Duke of Wellington said, it was a damn close run thing. The democrats called the
bill "a fraud and a sham" and voted against it by a margin of 179 to 3. In
addition, 31 republicans voted against it. The democrats voted against it because they
thought it appropriated too little. The 31 republicans voted against it because they
thought it appropriated too much.
The bill would continue to fund
the highway traffic murder grants at the current rate. The total included for this
purpose comes to $686,500,000. Of this amount, $125,000,000 is for "research and
development" under 23 USC 403, $235,000,000 is for 23 USC 402, $272,000,000 is for 23
USC 405, $29,000,000 is for "High Visibility Enforcement" (paying the police to
harass the public) and $25,500,000 is for "administrative expenses". In
connection with the amount appropriated for "research" it might be pointed out
that NHTSA has ignored all research findings for the last 49 years, resulting in thousands
of deaths and severe injuries.
In his statement on the bill, Chairman Rogers of
the House Appropriations Committee said, "In fact, safety was a priority throughout
this bill - and that is evident in the funding levels. For instance, the Highway Traffic
Safety Administration receives $6.5 million more than last year". Readers of this
website will know how to interpret this statement. Mercifully, $6.5 million represents
less than one percent of the total appropriated for NHTSA, but blood money is still
The corresponding senate bill is
S.2438. This bill is similar to H.R. 2577, except that instead of $125,000,000 it
appropriates 133,500,000 for "research" under 23 USC 403. This bill was approved
by the transportation subcommittee of the senate appropriations committee on June 5 by a
vote of 29 to 1 but has, apparently, not been reported out.
The House bill is now located in
the senate appropriations committee. The House Transportation Committee can still refuse
to authorize the appropriations for NHTSA. It is not entirely hopeless. They have tried
before. It may come as a surprise to the average citizen, but there are many decent,
honorable people in the House. We shall continue to follow this matter and let you know
how it turns out.
United States Congress: There was a hearing on April 29, 2015, at 2pm. eastern daylight time, in
the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the Committee on Transportation and
Infrastructure of the United States House of Representatives, on "The future of
commercial motor vehicle safety". Most people are unaware that there is a federal
agency, called The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which is getting $572
million dollars of your tax money in fiscal 2015, of which $259 million is for
administrative expenses and $313 is for grants. In other words, they are living high off
the hog while giving away your money. (There are, in fact, hundreds of federal agencies
that most people never heard of, which is why they continue to thrive, like worms under a
rock ). FMCSA is sort of the sister agency of NHTSA, focusing on commercial trucks rather
than cars. One of the topics which was considered at this hearing is "The role of
federal regulation". The video is archived so you can watch it by going to www.house.gov and then committees, Transportation and
Infrastructure, subcommittees, Highways and Transit.
Utah: HB 79 (see
below) was signed by governor Herbert on March 23. The governor did not have to do
this. If he had done nothing the bill would automatically have become law on March 31. The
governor's action indicates that he is more concerned about the good will of the state
police than about interests of the people of Utah. Septimius Severus said, "Pay the
army and despise everyone else".
According to federal law, once the state law goes
into effect, the state can then apply for a grant under 23 USC 405. Under normal procedure
it would then take the bureaucracy several months to process the application before Utah
actually gets the money. At that point the state would then be required to begin the
massive police harassment campaign called for in the statute. But such words as
"according to the law" and "normal procedure" don't mean a whole lot
in this case, since the whole process has been characterized by lies, fraud, deceit and
corruption from day one. It will be interesting to see at what point, and to what extent,
the Utah state police actually carry out the harassment campaign called for in the
statute (23 USC 405 (a) (1) (A) and 23 USC 405 (b)).
Utah HB 79: In a tragic day for Utah, and for the
United States, the Utah state senate, on March 10, 2015, sold out their constituents
and passed a primary seatbelt law. THE BILL WAS PASSED WITHOUT DEBATE UNDER SUSPENSION OF
THE RULES, MEANING THAT THERE WAS NO SECOND READING AND THE ONLY VOTE WAS ON FINAL
PASSAGE. Sadly, no one rose to object to this unspeakable outrage, which was an assault on
both the liberty and safety of the people of Utah. We don't know what went on behind the
scenes. Clearly the fix was in. Apparently, NHTSA offered them the entire $45 million they
got this year under 23 USC 405 (but see below). The vote in the state senate was 16 to 11
with 2 not voting. We thank the 11 senators who voted against this bill.
The passage of HB 79 is almost certainly due
to the new NHTSA administrator, Mark Rosekind, who is under pressure to "do
something" and one of the things he decided to do was to resume the 33 year old
effort to get states to pass primary seatbelt laws. Think about this. They've been trying
to do this for 33 years! This is what the government is doing with your tax money. For 33
years they have refused to listen to the experts and continue try to force this
blood-soaked scam on the public. The amount they got for fiscal 2015 for this purpose was
around $45 million and it seems they offered the entire amount to Utah. So far, Utah won't
even mention it, but the truth will out! They sold out their constituents for $45 million.
But wait, there's more. To get the money they had to add $11 million of state funds
and use the entire amount to promote seatbelts and booster seats. Police seatbelt
roadblocks, police seatbelt patrols, "high visibility enforecement", "paid
media advertising" (i.e., using your tax money to brainwash you into doing something
which is liable to kill you) and on and on. Poor Utah! Read 23 USC 405, section (b),
"Occupant Protection Grants". It will make your head spin.
One of the provisions of the bill is that the fine
may be waived if (the violator) "shows evidence of completion of a 30 minute course
approved by the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety that includes education on
the benefits of using a safety belt". The "Department of Public Safety" is,
of course, the police. Since there are no benefits to wearing a seatbelt, and since
wearing a seatbelt puts the wearer at increased risk of serious injury or death in the
event of an accident, the requirement is surreal. But that was one of the requirements to
obtain a grant. So the police are supposed to "educate" you in order to convince
you of something that is not true. It is straight out of George Orwell. This is what the
nation that was "conceived in liberty" has come to.
We might just add that they used to have a
requirement to "educate the public about the benefits of air bags", but after
air bags had killed hundreds of motorists, many of them children, they took that out.
Since seatbelts, like air bags, have in fact killed thousands of motorists, one can only
presume that they have been more successful in keeping the public from finding out about
seatbelts than about airbags.
HB 79 was approved by the Business and Labor
Committee of the Utah state senate by a vote of 2 to 1 on February 24, 2015, as near as we
can tell from the audio. One of the witnesses stated that this bill was necessary for
public safety. She said this in a low, deadpan voice, apparently reading from a prepared
text. She said this as though she didn't think anyone would actually believe it and
appeared embarassed at having to make such an absurd statement. The audio was very faint
and hard to understand. Since there are six members of the committee and only three voted,
this means that either only three attended the meeting or only three voted.
The senate committee report is the shortest we have
ever seen. It merely says that the committee approved the bill. No list of witnesses, no
rational, no testimony, no vote totals, nothing.
chairman of the committee, Curtis Bramble, is listed as floor sponsor of the bill in the
senate. It is now clear that NHTSA made Utah this year's target state. We read the
fiscal note for this bill and it's a bad joke. The note says the state government could
collect an extra $3,600 a year in fines if they pass this bill, and local government could
collect an extra $27,000 a year from "fines and surcharges". There is no mention
of how much NHTSA offered the state to pass this bill. Under the revised 23 USC 405
they are allowed 16% of the total appropriated for that section for "Occupant
Protection Grants", which, under continuing resolution (omnibus spending bill) for
fiscal 2015, works out to roughly $45 million dollars. It's likely they offered Utah the
entire amount. They would not be trying to fast track this bill and ram it through if they
hadn't been offered big bucks.
in the House committee is now listed as 3-1-3, but in the audio we hear the chairman say
2-1. No indication as to which members voted for, against or abstained. We listened to
some of the testimony in committee on HB 79. The first witness was, presumably, the
sponsor of the bill. His presentation was basically a con artist's pitch, but not one that
would fool anyone who was intelligent, or stopped to think, or knew anything about the
subject. He said there was no financial motive for this bill because it waives the fine
for the first "offense". He didn't mention that the reason they are doing this
is because NHTSA has offered them millions of dollars to pass this bill; he said
those who do not wear seatbelts threaten the safety of others, but the reasons he alleged
were demonstrably false; he said driving is a privilege, not a right, but offered no legal
basis for this assertion, nor did he explain what it has to do with forcing motorists to
wear seatbelts; he described what he claimed were the effects of seatbelts in two
accidents, but his claims were at variance with the entire body of research on this
subject, and were, therefore, most unlikely. He said most states now have a primary
seatbelt law and therefore Utah should haveone too. He said passing this bill would make
Utah safe, and that would create a business friendly climate. He even had the gall to say
he wan't doing this for the money because the bill would waive the fine for the first
violation! He spoke very rapidly so as to give listeners no time to think about the false
claims he was making, attempting to create a psychological effect. He was quite
belligerent about it. His general tone was "I am a police officer and if you dare
question my claims I will beat you up". We have heard all these phony arguments many
times before. They were originally made up by NHTSA many years ago.
review again what is going on here. Patty Murray, in her capacity as chairwoman of the
U.S. Senate transportation subcommittee of the senate appropriations committee, which has
jurisdiction over NHTSA's budget, ordered NHTSA to promote primary seatbelt laws
"aggressively and with zeal" and "not to rest until every state has
a primary seatbelt law". For that purpose she wrote billions of dollars into the
budget for NHTSA to use to bribe states to pass primary seatbelt laws. NHTSA has been
quite successful in carrying out her orders. As a result, thousands have died.
(For further reflections on this point, read our
little essay why.rtf or why.doc)
House of Representatives passed HB 79 by a vote of 41-32-2. The bill is deliberately
worded so as to be as confusing as possible. Some of the members may not have realized
what they were voting for. It is the usual trickery by the seatbelt scammers. It's about
the only way they can ever get any of these bills passed.
HB 79 was sent to the Rules Committee on
1/26/2015. The Rules Committee assigned the bill to the Law Enforcement and Criminal
Justice Committee on 1/29/2015. HB 79 would make Utah's seatbelt law primary. Introduced
by representative Lee. B. Perry, 1/15/2015. Perry is a police officer. He has tried this
HB 79 was considered by the Law Enforcement and
Criminal Justice Committee on February 17, 2015 and on the floor of the House on February
18,2015. We read the information on the committee meeting and watched Mr. Perry's
presentation on the floor. In the committee it was the same old NHTSA stage play that we
have seen so often before over the last ten years; the same cast of characters reading the
same script with the same old falsehoods and absurdities. The principal witnesses are
always the state police chief (or commissioner) and the commissioner of the highway or
transportation department, or their representatives (they go by different names in
different states). The reason these people always show up at the hearings and read these
scripts, or "talking points", is because they have to do this for the
state to get the federal grants under 23 USC 402. Then there are usually two false
witnesses pretending to be ordinary citizens but are really NHTSA stooges reading from the
same script. Some of them are hired professional actors and they give some really great
performances. Also usually present are persons claiming to represent independent private
groups which usually turn out to be phony front organizations funded and controlled by
We also watched and listened to Mr. Perry's
presentation on the floor. It was really depressing to have to listen to the same old
litany of falsehoods and absurdities we've heard so many times before over the last twelve
years. We actually obtained a copy of NHTSA's "talking points" that they hand
out to the witnesses, state officials and legislators five or six years ago, but NHTSA has
now been trying to force this blood-soaked scam on the American people for more than
It's hard to know why 42 legislators decided to
sell out their constituents and vote for this unspeakable abomination. One reason might be
one of the tricks that NHTSA uses, which is to flood legislators with letters, emails and
phone calls purporting to come from their constituents but which, in fact, come from
NHTSA. It's possible, for example, to set up local phone numbers which ring in Washington,
D.C., but the person calling them would have no way of knowing that, and would think it
was a local number. Also, it's no problem for NHTSA to obtain local addresses, since they
have almost unlimited funds (of your money). Several years ago, a colleague told us that
some of these campaigns were being run, not by NHTSA itself, but by a company hired by
NHTSA, called Campaigns on Demand, Inc.
introduced by senator Luz Escamilla, would make Utah's seatbelt law primary for drivers
under 19 years of age on highways with a posted speed limit of over 55 mph. Sent to
"agencies for fiscal impact assessment" on 2/3/2015. It looks like the seatbelt
scammers are up to their old tricks. This ploy is know as "gradualism". They say
"oh, we only want a slight change, a minor adjustment". Then they come back each
year and ask for more "slight changes" until the law is primary for everyone,
everywhere, and violators are arrested, as happened to poor Gail Atwater in Texas. No
further action on this bill as of 2/16/2015.
NHTSA: The Highway
Traffic Murder Administration has a new "administrator" (which is what they call
the head of the agency). His name is Mark Rosekind and he is a psychologist. So far as we
can tell from researching his background, he has never had a tech course in his life, thus
continuing NHTSA's tradition of never had an administrator confirmed who knew anything
about automotive engineering or technology.
Mr. Rosekind can compare notes with his opposite
number at IIHS who is also a psychologist. Since NHTSA and IIHS are always promoting the
same scams at the same time, an interesting question is, which is the tail and which is
Note: The 113th congress being now history,
we have moved all of our 2014 legislative information from the front page to leg2014 .
NEW LINK: www.consumerfreedom.com
INCE WINS! The judge on June 19 dismissed the case against Cecil Ince
for not wearing a seatbelt. Mr. Ince stated that he was disappointed that the case did not
go to trial as the jury, if presented with the evidence, could have nullified the state
law. Nevertheless, this is a fine victory. We urge everyone who gets a seatbelt ticket to
follow the example of Mr. Ince and demand a jury trial. If you lose, appeal. You
dont need a lawyer. If states know that every time they issue a seatbelt ticket they are
in for a long legal fight, they will be less likely to do so.
The jury trial of Mr. Cecil Ince, of Irvine, Texas, on charges of not
wearing a seatbelt, was scheduled for 8 a.m. on June 19 in the Municipal Court of Irvine,
Texas, 305 N. O'Connor Road, Irvine, Texas. For more information on this case, see his
messages and our responses in our messages folder. See more_messages .
CHRYSLER FIGHTS BACK! For the first time in more than thirty years a car company
stood up to NHTSA and refused a recall order. When NHTSA falsely claimed that
certain Chrysler made cars had some defect and demanded that they recall 1.4 million
vehicles, Chrysler refuted the claim and refused the order. Ever since Phil LeBeau broke
this story on June 4, 2013 it has been back and forth, with some reports claiming that
Chrysler had caved in and agreed to recall 2.7 million cars, while the reports on
June 19, 2013 claim they have now agreed to recall 1.5 million cars. Whatever the final
outcome, Chrysler stood up and fought back.
We urge the other car companies, next time they come after you, to follow
Chrysler's example and fight back. Yes, NHTSA has the legal authority to destroy you. But
NHTSA has a long record of dishonesty and incompetence and so stands on shaky ground.
Don't take it lying down. Stand up to the bastards!
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES FOR 2013: Note: Our reports on legislative activity in 2013 have been
moved to leg_2013
SEATBELTS KILL AGAIN (AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN): Toronto Star, Sunday, March 31, 2013.
"A.J. Blugerman, 16, was trapped (by his seatbelt) in the back seat of the Acura MDX.
He died later in hospital.....The vehicle's roof was roughly one metre (about three feet)
below the surface of the water....He (police constable Mills) tried to cut the (seat)belt
with a fire fighter's knife but was unsuccessful". We are not told if the car was
upright or upside down, but cars usually turn over when they go into water because of the
buoyancy of the tires. It reminds one of the case in Idaho where two babies, trapped
upside down in their booster seats with their heads under water, drowned even though the
water was only three feet deep. Of course more people burn to death because they can't get
their seatbelts open after a crash when their car catches fire. But most people who are
killed by seatbelts die when the lap belt bursts their intestines or the shoulder belt
breaks their neck. Regardless of how they die, they usually die slowly and horribly. There
has to be a special place in hell for the bureaucrats and politicians who are responsible
Seatbelts, anyone? Doesn't look much like the dummy tests, does it.
(Photo courtesy of Boise County Coroner and Idaho Statesman)
Just as brain surgery is better performed by brain surgeons than by
bureaucrats, so cars are better designed by automotive engineers than by political science
majors from Goucher College. Congress needs to abolish NHTSA, repeal 49 CFR 571, repeal 23
USC 153, 402 and 405, repeal subtitle A of Title I of Division C of P.L. 112-141,
and establish a nationwide recall program to get the seatbelts, air bags and booster seats
taken out of our cars. Until they do, Americans will continue to die needlessly on our
The lady in the car was trapped by her seatbelt when her car went into
the water. Based on the government's own data, approximately 340 people die this way every
year in the United States. This is only a small percentage of the total number of people
who are killed each year by their seatbelts, or because they are wearing seatbelts, but
it's not a small percentage to the people who die this way, or their families.
Doesn't look much like the dummy tests, does it.
This accident took place in France on May 27, 2012.
(Picture courtesy of france2 TV)
This accident took place in France on April 13, 2012. Doesn't look much
like the dummy tests, does it.
(Picture courtesy of France2 TV)
This accident took place in Los Angeles on April 16, 2012. Doesn't look
much like the dummy tests, does it.
(Picture courtesy of KTLA-TV, Los Angeles)
More accident pictures below. Note: We have many such pictures and get
more all the time, but cannot post them all due to space limitations. This is what real
fatal accidents look like. For more, see below and visit our picture gallery
From a resolution passed by the Virginia state senate (S.J.Res. 194),
February 23, 2012: "Whereas Jason Benning and Joshua Moore ran back to the vehicle,
where they saw a baby strapped in a car seat behind the drivers seat; each of them opened
a back door and attempted to wrestle with the car seat to get the child out, struggling
with the seatbelts while flames were coming through the dash, until, finally, the boy was
removed from the car and carried to safety". Unfortunately, heroes like Benning and
Moore are not usually present in such cases.
Note: We have moved the legislative updates regarding the state
legislatures for the 2012 legislative season to leg_2012. For earlier
legislation, see leg2008.htm,
Seatbelts kill again (and again and again): Los Angeles. "The
mother who was badly burned after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver...has died....the
SUV clipped Taylor's car....the car then flipped over and slid about 20 feet before
catching fire...Taylor was able to crawl out of the burning car but was unable to save her
9 year old daughter....Both were wearing seatbelts at the time..."she's rolling in
pain, on fire and her skin is falling off....I thought it was a horror
movie"...Taylor had burns over 95% of her body, including her lungs." As she lay
there in agony she was forced to listen to her daughter's dying screams. Compare this to
the roll-over accident below in which neither the mother nor the child were wearing
seatbelts, and neither was seriously injured. For the full story, visit http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-fiery-101-crash,0,2030482.story
California: "KTLA News 10:09 a.m.
PDT, September 29, 2011 NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) -- A woman was arrested early
Wednesday on suspicion of drunk driving and child endangerment after allegedly flipping
her car with her 4-year-old daughter inside. Police say Lisette Gonzalez Avakian, 35, was
driving along the 5900 block of Whitnall Highway at around 2 a.m. Wednesday when she
crashed into two parked cars and flipped over. Paramedics found the girl inside the car
but not in the car (booster) seat." The woman was not in the car when the
police arrived, having walked away. The fact that she was able to walk away even though
the car was badly crushed indicates that she was not wearing a seatbelt. There is no
mention in the report that either of them was injured. Notice that this accident, like 84%
of all roll-over accidents, was a single car accident which resulted from reckless
driving. (Drunk with a four-year-old in the car at 2 a.m.!)
Malibu, California October 1, 2011 (CBS news). "One person was killed and
another suffered severe burns when a vehicle overturned and caught fire on the Ventura
freeway in Malibu. The woman was rushed to the hospital with burns over 80% of her
body". The victims would have been wearing seatbelts. (If they had not been
wearing seatbelts, you may be sure the police would have pointed this out). Imagine what
would have happened if a child in a booster seat had been in that vehicle.
Highland Park, CA. August 26, 2011:
"The driver of the second vehicle collided with the rear of the
first vehicle. This caused the first vehicle to catch on fire and eventually become fully
engulfed in flames. The 1 (sic) year old passenger of the first vehicle became trapped in
her car seat as a result of the collision. Attempts were made by the involved parties and
witnesses to remove the child from the vehicle but they were overcome by the fire and
unsuccessful in their attempts. The child sustained fatal injuries". http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/articles/police-confirm-2-year-old-dead-in-car-accident-2
Note: Under California state law, all children under six year of age must
be strapped into a death-trap seat when riding in an automobile. Thanks to California
state law, the mother was forced to watch her child burn to death.
This accident happened in Hawaii on March 25, 2012. Five killed.
Doesn't look much like the dummy tests, does it.
This accident took place in Los Angeles on August 1, 2011. The car was
struck by a passing motorist as it emerged from a parking lot. The car was split in half
and caught fire. The occupants were burned beyond recognition.
Doesn't look much like the dummy tests, does it.
(Picture courtesy of KTLA-TV, Los Angeles).
Alert: NHTSA, having increasing trouble corrupting state legislatures, is
now going after small town police chiefs.
Messages: We dont usually post messages any more but we received two on
March 4 which we thought we would post. Regarding the one from Florida, you may recall
that Florida resisted NHTSA for years, but each year NHTSA upped their bid. When NHTSA
raised their bid to $35 million, the legislature decided to sell out their constituents
and take the money. We fought them every inch of the way but lost. This was when Jeb Bush
was governor and Marco Rubio was speaker. To read the messages, click here
For your convenience we have put all the links to our reports on a single page. Click on REPORTS above.
Safety Choice Coalition Technical Report: "On the Effect of a
Shoulder Belt in a Collision Involving a Longitudinal Deceleration". This report
addresses the question at issue in the case of Williamson vs. Mazda Motor Co. (see below).
Supreme Court decides Williamson case: (www.supremecourt.gov)The Supreme Court of the
United States has decided that the Williamson family has a perfect right to sue the Mazda
Motor Co. for not putting a shoulder belt in the middle rear seat of their mini van. The
decision reads like something out of Alice in Wonderland. The decision quotes at length
from the various imbecilities put out by NHTSA on seatbelts and air bags over the years.
There is no mention in the court's decision that none of the people who put out these
statements had the vaguest idea what they were talking about, that none of them were
qualified in the field, that experts from the auto industry repeatedly warned them
seatbelts and air bags were dangerous, impractical devices that were going to get a lot of
people killed. In summary, the government forced Mazda to put seatbelts in their cars. As
a result, Williamson was killed by her seatbelt. The Williamson family, instead of suing
the government for having murdered Thanh Williamson, is suing Mazda for having complied
with the government regulation.
Seatbelts, anyone? "Williamson... died in a 2002 accident; her
family says her body jackknifed around the lap belt, causing fatal injuries". (From
Williamson vs Mazda, before the U.S. Supreme Court). We dont usually post such stories
anymore because seatbelts kill people every day and have claimed thousands of
victims. But published stories seldom admit that the victim was killed by her
seatbelt, because of government propaganda, so we though we would post this one. Of course
she did not die because "her body jackknifed around the lap belt". She died
because of the force of the belt on her abdomen, in accordance with Newton's second law of
motion. You can read the transcript of the hearing on this matter at www.supremecourt.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts.aspx
Scroll down to 08-1314, Williamson vs. Mazda and click on the link. The
plaintiffs complain that no shoulder belt was available at Williamson's seating location.
If Williamson had been wearing a shoulder belt, she would have most likely have
suffered three fatal injuries instead of one: burst intestines, crushed chest and broken
neck, depending on how fast the shoulder belt locked. Williamson would almost certainly be
alive today if she had not been wearing a seatbelt, a fact which seems to have escaped the
distinguished justices; or perhaps they do not consider it relevant.
Here's a little item you might be interested in: According to an article
published in the Helena Independent Record on January 21, Montana state senate bill SB 42
would strengthen Montana's drunk driving law. The sponsor of the bill, state senator
Shockley, was arrested two days earlier for drinking while driving.
Only 17 states now do not have a primary seatbelt law for adults. These
states are Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,
North Dakokta, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia,
and Wyoming and New Hampshire. Of these four, Missouri, Utah and Vermont, have
primary seatbelt laws for drivers and passengers under 18 (15 for MIssouri and 19 for
Utah), thus placing the most vulnerable at risk. New Hampshire also has a primary seatbelt
law for those under 18.
The smaller the number of states without primary seatbelt laws becomes,
the bigger the bribe NHTSA can offer each state. Thus, states which have resisted smaller
bribes may sell out their constituents for larger ones. For example, Florida, which held
out for years, finally succumbed when NHTSA raised their offer to $35 million. (This was a
republican state legislature with that famous conservative, Mario Rubio, as
Speaker). Texas, where governor Rick Perry has threatened to secede to escape the
clutches of the federal dictatorship, has one of the worst seatbelt laws and one of the
most vicious enforcement campaigns in the nation. So the danger is very real.
There is a lot more at stake
here than just seatbelt laws. What is at stake here is the power of the government to
regulate every aspect of our lives. Such power would be unacceptable even if government
were honest and competent. Since it is neither, such power endangers not only our liberty
and property, but our health and safety as well. If we do not not finally draw a
line in the sand and say "enough", our liberty and safety will continue to
be eroded by an arrogant, corrupt and incompetent government, greedy for unlimited power.
"People are tired of being
pushed around, tired that we aren't smart enough to know what is good for us, that the
only solution is the government, when it isn't the government that knows anything!" Posted by "Mario" on FOX News.
As a result of government interference in automotive safety there is now
enough sodium azide in the cars on our highways to kill every man, woman and child in this
New NHTSA tactic. Since most state legislatures are now wise to NHTSA's
tricks, NHTSA has adopted a new tactic of going after local government, where politicians
may be less sophisticated and where a million dollar bribe may sound more impressive than
at the state level. Thus, you may be driving through a small town in a state that does not
have a primary seatbelt law and find yourself being pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt
and fined $100 because the local town council has passed a primary seatbelt law
which applies only to that small town. One can see how this type of law would be a gold
mine for a small town and the million dollars NHTSA would give the local police department
to enforce it would loom large. We hope that after the mid-term election most politicians
will not vote for this type of law, but everyone needs to keep an eye on their local city
council to make sure this doesn't happen in their town.
Seatbelts, anyone? Doesn't look much like the dummy tests, does it.
This accident took place on October 27, 2010. (Picture courtesy of France 2 TV).
Attachez votre ceinture? This accident took place in France on October
11, 2010. (Pictures courtesy of France 2 TV)
We don't usually post messages anymore, but we thought we would post this
one, which gives some interesting historical information. Link to messsage
Seatbelts anyone? Doesn't look much like the dummy tests, does it.
This accident took place in Los Angeles on September 29, 2010. (Pictures courtesy of KABC,
Channel 7, Los Angeles)
NHTSA commercial. A new NHTSA commercial says that "seatbelts are only
safe and effective if properly used". It sounds to us like they're getting ready to
blame the victims.
Seatbelts anyone? To see what real fatal auto accidents look like, visit our picture gallery.
This one took place in Los Angeles on June 23, 2010. The driver was trapped in the vehicle
and burned to death. (Pictures courtesy of KABC Channel 7, Los Angeles, California).
Government intervention in automotive design and automotive safety has now cost the
American people over $100 billion dollars and over 50,000 dead. Bear in mind that they
have been at this since l963 and the FARS data base lists over 1.4 million victims.
Seatbelts and air bags alone have cost the American people over $102 billion dollars just
in the last ten years alone. That's just the direct cost of these devices, not
including the cost of the injuries and fatalities they cause. (See abpr6).The number of dead has to be based on an analysis of the
available data, because the government has been careful to cover up the cause of
death of the victims. They have even gone so far as to x out the death certificate
numbers in the FARS data base. But there is enough data there to give one a pretty good
idea of what actually happened.
Based on the government's own
data, how many vehicles do you think have been
involved in fatal accidents corresponding to the dummy test scenario? Would you believe
none? We first looked in the data for 2001. We set the filter for front end collision with
a wall at less than 36 mph. Unfortunately, the data does not give the angle of the
collision. Thus our criterea could include a front end collision with a wall at any angle.
Out of the 57,918 vehicles involved in fatal accidents that year, none, repeat none,
corresponded to the set criterea. Just to make sure it wasn't a fluke, we ran the filter
for the 2008 data. This time, out of the 50,430 vehicles involved in fatal accidents that
year we came up with five, 5 that is, which corresponded to the set criterea. However, the
instruction manual specifically states that all front end collisions are to be included,
even if the front end only grazed the wall. Thus there is no evidence that any of the five
hit the wall at a right angle. Yet most of NHTSA's "safety" criterea are based
on this scenario.
Airbag Progress Report 10: In this report, abpr10.doc,
we extend the functionality of our computer program and include system delay, which
increases the chance that the motorist will be struck by the air bag.
Air Bag Progress Report 9: How much explosive power does an air bag have? The short
answer to that is "enough to kill you". More specifically, a driver's air bag
has four times the power of a shotgun shell, a passenger air bag sixteen times the power
of a shotgun shell. To learn more, read our latest air bag progress report, abpr9.rtfabpr9.pdfabpr9.htm
Air bag report 8: The fatal flaw in the air bag theory (abpr8.doc,
abpr8.pdf , abpr8.htm ). The fatal
flaw in the air bag theory is pretty much the same as the fatal flaw in the seatbelt
theory (puzzle1). Of
course there are many fatal flaws in both of these theories, but what these tech notes
show is that even in the unlikely scenario on which these theories are based, they are
still fatally flawed.
Air bag progress report 3: Revised and updated. To see the latest version, click here
Air bag progress report 6: How much has the government's interference in auto design and
auto safety cost the American consumer? Would you believe over a hundred billion
dollars? Check out this report
Air bag progress report 5: Here we show, from the government's own data, that front air
bags are set off in numerous cases by side impact and even rear end collisions, proving
that air bags are set off by shock. If you have a late model car with six air bags and two
seatbelt pretensers, all eight charges can be set off at once by an impact, which is a
really scary proposition. So much for "smart air bags". To see the report, click
Air bag progress report 4: Read and find out what the government is forcing the auto
industry to put in our cars. Click here
Airbag progress report 2. This is to keep you posted on our ongoing investigation into
the effects of airbags. The findings were a shock even to us, and we're pretty cynical. To
see this progress report, click here:
Airbag theory: We took a look at the NHTSA seatbelt dummy videos and did a little
calculation to see what would happen if the test vehicle was equipped with air bags
instead of seatbelts. This isn't meant to be a scientific paper or anything. Just some
preliminary results we thought we'd share with you for whatever they might be worth. To
see the results, click here (By the
way, in case any of you are wondering why it seems to work in the NHTSA and IIHS videos,
if you look closely you notice that in some they've replaced the accelerometer with a
contact detonator; in others they've rigged the seatbelt to hold back the dummy until the
bag has inflated; in one the bag even starts to inflate before the test vehicle has
collided with anything! All of these videos are faked in one way or another. Apparently,
they can't even make it work in the lab).
Seatbelt theory. Any physicist can show you the fatal flaw in the seatbelt
theory in five minutes on the back of an old envelope. See puzzle1 solution.
Picture Gallery: Check out the new pictures in our picture galley.
We have many more, but you get the point.
Threats and bribes: Here is what it says in 23 USC 402 (c):
"Funds apportioned under this section to any State, that does not have a highway
safety program approved by the Secretary or that is not implementing an approved program,
shall be reduced by amounts equal to not less than 50 per centum of the amounts that would
otherwise be apportioned to the State under this section, until such time as the Secretary
approves such program or determines that the State is implementing an approved program, as
appropriate. The Secretary shall consider the gravity of the States failure to have
or implement an approved program in determining the amount of the reduction. The Secretary
shall promptly apportion to the State the funds withheld from its apportionment if he
approves the States highway safety program or determines that the State has begun
implementing an approved program, as appropriate, prior to the end of the fiscal year for
which the funds were withheld. If the Secretary determines that the State did not correct
its failure within such period, the Secretary shall reapportion the withheld funds to the
other States in accordance with the formula specified in this subsection not later than 30
days after such determination."
10th amendment? United States Constitution? Oath of office? This is the kind of power
congress has given to Mr. Ray LaHood.
Police State Gestapo by order of congress: You think we're paranoid? Read what
it says in S.1072, later passed by the congress as the SAFETEA Act of 2004:
Section 4110 (c) REQUIRED STATE PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES: Subsection (1):
"CHECK POINT SATURATION PATROL PROGRAM: A state program to conduct a series of
high-visibility, statewide law enforcement campaigns......either through the use of check
points or saturation patrols......A state program meets the requirements of this
subparagraph only if a state organizes campaigns.....in cooperation with the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration"
There. Don't you feel safer already?
"Required state programs and activities"? Where in the constitution does it say
that congress has the authority to "require state programs"? This kind of
legislation is specifically barred by the 10th amendment to the constitution. But we
forget. The constitution is now "quaint and outmoded" and "an 18th century
document with little relevance to the modern world". As for the oath of office to
uphold the Constitution of the United States, "mere words of no importance".
Check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG3u3whrfcc&p
Notice how the steering wheel has been driven back against her body so that she is trapped
under the steering wheel. This means she hit the barrier at about 30 mph when the barrier
gave way. Had the barrier not given way the steering wheel would have been driven into her
body and she would have been killed. This is what a real auto accident looks like. Compare
this to the dummy test videos.
Legislative updates (continued):
Note: We have moved our 2010 legislative updates into leg2010.
Check out these videos and ask yourself what would have happened if a child had been in
the back seat strapped into a deathtrap seat:
More than a thousand people burn to death this way every year in the
United States, based on the government's own data (ftp://ftp.nhtsa.dot.gov/FARS)
mainly because they can't get their seatbelts open after a crash.
Fun with air bags: The best remark we have heard about air bags so far came
from a spectator after watching an air bag blow a stove to smithereens. "Holy
shit!" he exclaimed, "you mean they put those in cars?" To watch the fun,
By the way, we have learned that azide, like nitro-glycerin, can
be set off by shock. That may explain why air bags blow up in some rear end collisions
(according to the FARS data base) when they aren't supposed to. Of course that would
defeat the so-called "smart air bag" computer programs, since these would only
work if the bag is set off by the computer, not by the shock. We are continuing to
investigate this matter.
NHTSA administrator. David L. Strickland is the current NHTSA administrator. Mr.
Strickland is a lawyer who majored in political science as an undergraduate, thus keeping
intact NHTSA's record of never having had an administrator who knew anything about highway
safety. Mr. Strickland is a former congressional staffer, thus continuing the practice of
past congresses and administrations of appointing congressional staffers to head
government agencies. Mr. Strickland was on the staff of the senate commerce committee,
which, over the years, has been instrumental in trying to force the seatbelt scam on the
These videos bring to life the full horror of what
happens in accidents where the vehicle catches fire. Such accidents are not rare.
According to the FARS data base, in 2001, 1339 vehicles caught fire as a result of
collisions or rollovers with fatal consequences, in which 1629 vehicle occupants
lost their lives. In 2005 the numbers were 1444 and 1766 respectively.
Actual accident reports (see our seatbelt victims
file) indicate that vehicle occupants almost invariably have trouble opening their
seatbelts after a severe collision or rollover. In case of fire, unless the
occupants are first crushed to death or killed by their seatbelts, they almost
invariably burn to death unless someone is around with a knife to cut them free before it
is too late.
Notice that in the videos, while no one mentions seatbelts, in the
second video you can hear one of the rescuers shout "Get a knife!", which pretty
much tells the story.
According to the FARS data base, since l996, when every state but New Hampshire had
enacted a primary or secondary seatbelt law, approximately 19,600 vehicles have caught
fire as a result of collisions or rollovers with fatal results, with approximately 23,800
No seatbelt saves lives: From Driving Freedoms, January/February 2010: "I know
of someone who lived through a T-bone precisely because he was not wearing a belt.
The incoming car punched through the driver's side, continuing clear through the center of
his car and, had he been belted in, he would have been crushed. He was unhurt because of
being unbelted and thrown to the passenger side of the car".( Letter from Warren
Idaho tells NHTSA to go to hell: Representative Barrett tells us how
NHTSA called her up and threatened to withhold $2,000,000 dollars in federal highway funds
if Idaho did not pass a motorcycle helmet law. The legislature refused and the feds sent
Idaho the money anyway. The moral of this story is: If you stand up to the bastards they
will back down.
Atwater vs. Lago Vista: In all the long history of seatbelt litigation,
perhaps no case is more important than the case of Atwater vs. Lago Vista
(532 US 318 (2001)). In l997, a gentle lady, Mrs. Gail Atwater, driving her kids home from
soccer practice, was arrested for not wearing a seatbelt and subjected to verbal and
physical abuse by the police. Neither before, nor after her arrest, did Mrs. Atwater do
anything to bring this on, only asking the officer politely to please lower his voice as
he was screaming at her, as he was frightening the children. You can find the full story
by clicking on this link: LagoVista
After four years of appeals and hundreds of thousands of dollars in
legal fees, Mrs. Atwater's case reached the United States Supreme Court, which ruled
against her 5 to 4 in a split decision. The majority opinion was written by Justice David
Souter, who is, mercifully, no longer on the court. The minority, dissenting opinion
was written by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has also retired. Justices Stevens,
Ginsberg, and Breyer, all of whom are still on the court, joined Justice O'Connor in
dissenting. In writing for the majority, Justice Souter not only ruled against Mrs.
Atwater, he basically spit in her face. We would urge everyone who is interested in this
issue, and who thinks they can obtain justice in the courts, to read Justice Souter's
opinion. You don't have to read all of it. It's all in the same vein so after a few pages
you pretty much get the idea. We know it's hard going, we know it will make you sick,
but it's a real eye opener and well worth the effort. You can find it at
The case starts on page 416 and Justice Souter's opinion starts on page
Police lie about ejections, again: June 24, 2008. CBS News: "A U.S.
Postal Service Worker was killed in a crash Tuesday in a crash involving her postal
service truck and another vehicle.... Maria F. Gutierrez...died at the scene....Los
Angeles police officer...said Guttierez was ejected from the truck...(U.S. Postal Service
spokesman Larry Dozier) insisted she was not thrown from the truck.
Same old story: February 1, 2008: "Man, 22, killed in expressway
rollover crash...Joshua Eugene Fuller was pronounced dead at the scene of the
crash...failed to negociate a curve and lost control....Fuller was wearing a seatbelt,
according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office". Note: if Fuller had not been
wearing a seatbelt, he might have lived.
No seatbelt saved Tiger Woods: According to an Associated Press report
out of Orlando, Florida, Woods smashed into a tree at 30 mph. Woods was not wearing a
seatbelt and was not seriously hurt. Had he been wearing a seatbelt he would almost
certainly have been seriously injured or killed (see Corzine accident and Puzzle no. 1
Same old story, again: CBS News, 2008 (note: we are trying to get an
exact date for this one) "Man, 23, killed in rollover crash... single vehicle
rollover-crash...driving at 80mph to 90 mph...according to (CHP Police Officer) Low, who
said the victim was wearing a seatbelt". Note: This is a typical rollover
fatality. Single vehicle accident, excessive speed, reckless driving. Type of vehicle not
specified but probably an SUV.
Mandate alert: It looks as though the NHTSA mandate to put automatic
stabilization systems on all new cars by 2011 still stands. In addition to driving up the
price of new cars, these devices represent a clear and present danger because if they
malfunction, as some of them will, they can throw a car out of control and cause a serious
accident. These devices are advertised as preventing roll-overs, but we know from the
government's own data that roll-overs happen mainly to drivers driving vans and SUVs in a
reckless manner. There can, therefore, be no justification for forcing these devices on
the entire motoring public.
New video: They say California is the future.
Take a look at what the future looks like if we don't stop them:
Note: We edited this video to show only a small part of the stop. The
"criminal" was actually detained for about a half hour. The arresting officer
obviously thought that anyone who would wear a motorcycle helmet which did not, in his
opinion, conform to California state law, must be a dangerous criminal, and so he called
for backup. The backup officer made his contribution to the proceedings by glaring at the
offender in a hostile and threatening manner while the first officer was filling out the
paper work, taking photographs, and going through all the other lengthy procedures
necessitated by such a serious crime.
The police are doing this because the California state legislature passed
a motorcycle helmet law. The reason they passed this law was because they received massive
bribes (federal grants) from NHTSA for doing so. NHTSA did this because they were ordered
to do it by congress. Congress ordered them to do it because they received massive bribes
(campaign contributions) from the insurance industy. The reason they did it in this
roundabout way was because they hoped we wouldn't be able to trace it back to them.
Otherwise they could just have passed a federal motorcycle helmet law.
The police state at work. If you don't know what "primary seatbelt
law" means, take a look at this video. (Remember, if
you get in an accident wearing a seatbelt, your seatbelt can kill you).
Congressional interference in highway safety has now cost the lives of around 40,000
Americans. Because of bureaucratic lies, cover-up, fraud and deceit, the exact number will
never be known. But that the number is large is not in doubt. This is what happens when
legislators think that we the people are children and they are our parents. Politicians
are not necessarily smarter than the rest of us. A little humility will go a long way
toward preventing this kind of thing in the future.
While congress continues to appropriate money to force Americans to
wear seatbelts, Americans continue to be killed by seatbelts.
School bus accident: Idaho Statesman, September 24, 2009. "...On
Wednesday, the 17 year old senior (Heckathorn) died when his pickup truck hit a
school bus head-on....Police chief said neither the bus driver nor any of
the...kids on the school bus were hurt...It does not appear that excessive speed was a
factor...ISP Captain Steve Richardson said...Heckathorn was wearing a seatbelt and his
airbag deployed, according to ISP (Idaho State Police) reports". Note: As usual, the
report does not say what the cause of death was. Heckathorn could only have been killed by
one of three things: The seatbelt, the air bag, or being crushed to death as the truck was
stove in. Because of the great difference in momentum between the school bus and the
pickup truck, the rate of deceleration of the bus would have been much less than
that of the truck, crushing the truck and even pushing it backward (or aside), depending
on the speed of the two vehicles, which is not specified. Needless to say, none of the
kids on the bus were wearing seatbelts, since there weren't any. If the bus driver
was wearing a seatbelt, we're willing to bet you he has a tummy ache, at the very least.
For the full story, visit
Seatbelts kill: NewsOK, the Oklahoman, and KXII Channel 12 News Oklahoma,
November 10, 2009. Dale Bannister, 73 was fatally injured when his car, a 2008 Chrysler,
went off the road, struck a guard rail, rolled over twice and hit a bridge support.
Bannister was wearing a seatbelt. Note: If the car rolled over twice, Bannister must have
been travelling at a high rate of speed when his car left the road. He would have been
fatally injured when the roof caved in, crushing his skull and breaking his neck. The
seatbelt would have acted like an anvil, holding his body in place as the roof caved in.
Seatbelts kill: (from myspace death.com, November 14, 2009) "Police
suspect (that Carey) fell asleep at the wheel on October 21, 2009, causing him to overturn
the Jeep Wrangler (he was driving). The belted (Sean K.) Carey died at the scene as
a result of his injuries, according to Idaho State Police". (Carey was killed when
the jeep fell on top of him, crushing him to death. If he had not been wearing a seatbelt
he would have been thrown clear and would almost certainly have survived.)
Seatbelts kill: (from the Del Valle News (Texas), October 21, 2009)
"Edwin Aviles....failed to yield to a Chevy van....the van struck Aviles...who was
pronounced dead at the scene. (Aviles) was wearing a seatbelt, DPS officials said. The
driver of the van was not injured." (If the driver of the van had been wearing a
seatbelt, you may be sure that the police would have said so, and he would have been
Seatbelts kill: (from Richmond Times Dispatch, October 26, 2009) Jeronimo
Mendez, drunk and speeding, crashed into a sign and was killed. Medez was wearing a
seatbelt, police said. For the full story, visit
Ejections save lives: (from NewsOK, The Oklahoman, November 10, 2009).
Nicole Venegas was driving her pickup truck down the street at a high rate of speed when
she struck a group of parked cars. The truck became airborne, flipped over, and landed on
its top. Four of the five occupants were thrown out (they were probably riding on the bed
of the truck) and survived, but Venegas remained in the truck and was killed (No doubt she
was crushed to death when the roof caved in). The survivors were taken to a local hospital
and treated (which sounds as though their injuries were not serious). For the full story,
Collision in South Dakota: A Toyota pickup truck driven by Richard Chell
collided with a Jeep Cherokee driven by Nicholas Helgeson. Helgeson was uninjured,
Chell was killed. Guess which one was wearing a seatbelt. That's right, Chell, who was
killed, was wearing a seatbelt. Helgeson, who was uninjured, was not. For the full
Head-on collision in Minnesota: In one car the driver was wearing a
seatbelt and a small child was strapped into a booster seat. In the other car neither of
the two occupants were wearing seatbelts. Guess who died and who survived. That's right -
the driver wearing the seatbelt and the child in the booster seat were killed. The two men
who were not wearing seatbelts survived. Police claim that one of the two survivors was
"ejected" and taken to the hospital "in critical condition". The other
suffered only minor injuries. We are always suspicious of police claims of
"ejection". We've seen too many that turned out to be false. For the full story,
Boise mother backs over toddler: (Boise TV 2 news flash, November 4). No,
this isn't last week's. This is a new one. That's the second one in as many weeks, that we
know about, both likely the result of the mother's visibility being blocked by the
government mandated head-rests.
Mother backs over toddler (ABC news headline). You have to wonder how
many others have been run over because the driver's vision was blocked by the government
mandated headrests. The trouble with the people who write these mandates is that they are
just plain stupid. They don't stop to think.
Burned to death - trapped by their
seatbelts and booster seats
This accident took place on the Taconic State Parkway on Long Island,
New York, On July 26, 2009.
As you may recall. "highway traffic safety
grants" is a euphemism for bribes paid to states to force their citizens to use
seatbelts, booster seats and motorcycle helmets, as demanded by the insurance industry.
It's rather interesting that they no longer mention air bags. Apparently, after air
bags had killed hundreds, and probably thousands, of motorists, it finally dawned on them
that air bags are not a good idea. Since seatbelts have killed more people than air bags,
one has to wonder why they have not given up on seatbelts as well.
Seatbelts, air bags, booster seats and other crackpot inventions were
sold to the insurance industry by NHTSA, which was created by congress, who in turn were
bamboozled by Ralph Nader and Joan Claybrook. It is a real chicken and egg situation.
NHTSA was created by congress on the urging of Nader and Claybrook, who sold congress on
these crackpot schemes. Under subsequent NHTSA administrators, however, it was congress
which ordered NHTSA to continue promoting these scams.
The insurance industry has played a large part in promoting these
so-called "safety laws" (bicycle helmet laws, motorcycle helmet laws,
"personal floation device laws", booster seat laws, seatbelt laws, air bag laws,
etc.), thinking it would save them money. The irony is that these laws are costing the
insurance industry money, not saving them money, because seatbelts, air bags, and booster
seats cause, not prevent, severe injuries.
Insurance companies responsible for seatbelt coercion? It now seems that
it is the auto insurance companies who are behind the campaign to force motorists to wear
seatbelts. They apparently believe that if they can force everyone to wear a seatbelt it
will save them money. They got this silly idea from IIHS, who got it from NHTSA, who got
it from Congress, who got it from Joan Claybrook, who probably got it from the same guy
who thought Corvairs were prone to roll over.
It might be a good idea if everyone wrote to their insurance company at
this time and asked them to stop promoting seatbelt coercion. Here are the addresses of
the principal auto insurance companies:
Mr. Edward P. Rust, Jr., President
State Farm Inusrance Company
1 State Farm Plaza
Bloomington, IL 61710-0001
Mr. Thomas J. Wilson, President
Allstate Insurance Company
2775 Sanders Road
Northbrook, IL 60062-6127
Mr. Stanley W. McNaughton, President
PEMCO Insurance Company
325 Eastlake Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98109-5466
Mr. Olza M. Nicely, President
GEICO Insurance Company
5260 Western Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
anyone? New Haven Register, June 16, 2009. "... David Servin died at the scene and
Krakowski...died a short time later after being extricated from the car. ....The car was
so badly crushed we thought it was a hatchback of some kind...The way the car was mangled,
that police car had to be going really fast" (The victims were hit by a police car).
anyone? The Guardian, UK, July 1, 2009: "Girl, 14, rescued after plane crash...only
survivor...told her father how she was thrown clear...(only injuries were) a fractured
collarbone and cuts and bruises to her face"
More seatbelt fatalities:
New Haven Register, June 16,
2009. "(17 month old) Montez Turner, Jr.
died in the crash when the Ford Escape in which he was riding flipped over" This
child almost certainly died because it was strapped into a booster seat. You may be
sure that if the child had not been in a booster seat, the police would have mentioned it.
The booster seat elevates the child and holds it in place, thus guaranteeing that the
child will be crushed to death when the roof caves in. (For further information on what
booster seats do to children in roll-overs, see puzzles 2 and 3 below).
Tulsa World, June 9, 2009: "....Salter died in a one vehicle
collision...when his 2002 Freightliner left the road...and struck a tree. Salter was
wearing a seatbelt (state troopers) said". Note: A Freightliner is a big truck. We
don't have enough crush data on big trucks to know if Salter was crushed to death or
killed by his seatbelt. If he was not crushed to death, he was almost certainly killed by
his seatbelt. If he was going 40 mph or less when he hit, he would most likely have
survived, had he not been wearing a seatbelt.
Colusa County Sun Herald, June 10, 2009: "Diego Valdez was
killed...when his l991 Dodge drifted off the road and struck a tree...(CHP Officer) Owens
said... Valdez was wearing a seatbelt and shoulder harness, he collided head on with a
tree at an unknown speed, sustaining fatal injuries as a result of the impact". Based
on our research, if Valdez was going over 45 mph when he hit the tree, he would have been
crushed to death. If he was going under 45 mph he would have been killed by his seatbelt.
If he was going 40 mph or less when he hit, he would most likely have survived, had he not
been wearing a seatbelt.
Las Vegas Review Journal, January 25, 2009: "...Gonzalez was killed
in a single vehicle, roll-over accident...the accident report stated that the left half of
the Explorer's roof was crushed inward and the entire roof was buckled and bowed. Gonzalez
seatbelt was found partially extended. Gonzalez, who sustained head injuries, died of
blunt force trauma". It's the old story - classic rollover - head bashed in when the
roof collapsed; seatbelt prevented her from taking evasive action. In this case
"seatbelt partially extended" may indicate that she was trying to avoid
the blow. It's a wonder she was able to extend it at all - the seatbelt would have locked
in the roll-over. But people have great strength in desperate situations. Had she not been
wearing a seatbelt, she would most likely have survived. Her family are suing the Ford
Motor Company because the seatbelt didn't save her, "among other things"!
The NHTSA lobbying machine at work. The following excepts are from the
results of a Pro-Quest search:
1."Marchetti Memorial Foundation Urges Florida Media to Help as
State Legislature Considers Life-Saving Seatbelt Law Changes. Anonymous, U.S. Newswire,
Washington, April 24. NHTSA research shows that...." Notice that this press release,
which was, supposedly put out by a grieving family in Florida, was actually written by
"Anonymous" and released over something claiming to be "U.S. Newswire"
in Washington, D.C. Notice that the first word of the press release is "NHTSA".
2. "Marchetti Memorial Foundation Urges Florida Media to Help, as
State Legislature Considers Life-Saving Changes. Anonymous, PR Newswire, New York.
Copyright PR Newswire Association LLC, April 24, 2009. Tampa, Fla., April 24 /PRNewswire/
Tampa, Fla. - The Katie Marchetti Memorial Foundation is urging news media across the
state to lend their editorial support to help pass important changes to Florida's existing
safety belt law to save lives and reduce highway injuries. FAILURE OF THE STATE'S
LEGISLATORS TO PASS SUCH LIFE-SAVING MEASURES BY JUNE 30 WILL DEPRIVE FLORIDIANS OF
$35.5 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS"
The statement pretty much speaks for itself. Notice that this one, also written by
"Anonymous", was released by something claiming to be "PR Newswire"
out of New York.
It is simply too nauseating for words. Exploiting the grief of the
Marchetti family (assuming they are genuine) to force this blood-soaked scam on the people
of Florida. It is NHTSA which is responsible for this.
The story in the Orlando Sentinel of May 4, 2009 quoted one Eric
Bolton, said to be a spokesman for NHTSA. The falsehoods which Eric Bolton fed to the
Sentinel are absolutely breathtaking. ("Seatbelts are the most important safety
feature....reduce risk to front seat occupants by 45%....etc.,etc.) It is the classic Big
Lie technique of Adolf Hitler, except that it is very difficult to prove in a court of law
what a person knew and when he knew it. So we have to call them falsehoods rather
Today's amusement for
engineers: Visiting the "safety" page
of the "Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers" we are told that they have
now decided to put "force limiters" on seatbelts. We know it isn't really funny,
but you may as well laugh as cry.
Puzzle A car smashes perpendicularly into a
concrete wall at 30 mph. We've never actually seen such an accident but since NHTSA seems
to base almost all its design criteria on this scenario, we thought we would use it. A
passenger in the vehicle, weighing 150 pounds and restrained by a seatbelt, comes to a
stop in one foot. (This is based on NHTSA crash test videos which show about a foot of
crush at the front of the vehicle). What would be the force of the seatbelt on the
Since NHTSA is now pushing "Anton's Law" requiring children up to 8 years old to
be placed in booster seats, we offer you an alernative. Instead of an adult passenger,
assume it is a child weighing 60 pounds in a booster seat which comes to a stop in one
foot. What would be the force of the restraining straps on the child?
Puzzle answers: The force on the 150 pound
passenger would be 4,509 pounds. The force on the 60 pound child would be 1,804
pounds. We have posted the solution so you can
check the answers for yourself.
Puzzle contest: In
our previous puzzle, we showed what the booster seat straps would do to a child in a
head-on collision. What would the booster seat straps do to a child in a roll-over? In
their analysis of a roll-over accident, Yamaguchi, et. al.*, find an angular velocity of
4.89 radians per second when the roof edge strikes the ground after the vehicle has
rotated over 90 degrees. Assuming a typical four-year-old (Anton) in a booster seat
in the vehicle, with what force would the child's neck be driven into the edge of the
*Yamaguchi, G.T., et. al., "Development of a Computational Method to Predict Occupant
Motions and Neck Loads During Rollovers" SAE Technical Paper Series,
2005-01-0300; Biomechanics 2005 (SP-1929); Presented at the SAE 2005 World Congress,
Detroit, Michigan, April 11-14, 2005.
Note to those who
want to use the police to force seatbelts on the American people. If you dont know the
answer to this puzzle, maybe you shouldn't be pontificating about seatbelts.
Puzzle No. 3: It
takes a high degree of centrifugal force to cause a 4,000 pound SUV to roll over. If a
vehicle occupant, such as a child in a booster seat, is tied to the vehicle, then that
occupant, too, would experience a high degree of centrifugal force. What would be the
force on a child in a booster seat during the first 90 degrees of an SUV rollover?
Solution to Puzzle No. 3: The graph on the left shows the force on a child sitting on the inside of
the rotation for rollovers at speeds ranging from 59 to 95 fps (40 to 65 mph). The
discontinuity in the solution indicates a vault. The graph on the right shows the
direction of the force in the transverse plane: omega is the angle in radians which the
force makes with the perpendicular to the side of the car; a negative value indicates that
the force component perpendicular to the seat is downward -i.e., towards the seat, and a
positive value indicates that the force component is upward - that is, away from the seat
and against the straps. Notice that when the force is highest, just before vault,
all the force is directed against the straps.
Legislative news: We have moved most of the 2009 legislative news to leg2009
Attention, activists: If your state does not have a primary seatbelt law,
check your state budget bills. NHTSA is trying to get legislators to slip primary seatbelt
laws into state budget bills, hoping they won't get noticed among all the pages of fine
print, or, if they do get noticed, hoping that they won't get taken out. This is a rule
violation in most states, since legislation is generally not allowed in appropriation
Fatal car crash pictures. For years we had to do a lot of work to find
pictures of fatal car crashes (see our picture gallery
and the pictures further down on this page). No more.
Now you can find scores of pictures of fatal car crashes on youtube, under such titles as "World's worst car
crashes", "Super insane car crashes", "Deadly car crashes",
Horrible car crashes", etc., etc.. Contrary to what the titles imply, this is what
most fatal car crashes look like. The FARS data base tells us that that the average car
involved in a fatal crash was travelling at 56 mph and the average car involved in a fatal
head-on collision was travelling at 66 mph. Collisions at these speeds are enough to
reduce most cars to scrap and to crush the occupants to death.
Seatbelts = death: Fayetteville Observer, 3/19/09. "...Williams was
driving... when his SUV plunged into the Lumber river. His two passengers drowned.
...(they) were wearing seatbelts and were unable to escape."
No seatbelts = minor injuries: Boston Herald, 3/23/09. "...two
car crash.... travelling in close proximity at a high rate of speed (drag racing)...lost
control at the same time and crashed into several trees...Dias, in front seat (of one of
the cars) was killed. Neither Brandon nor his two passengers (in the other car) were
wearing seatbelts. All three were treated for minor injuries and released." (Note:
They do not say if Dias was wearing a seatbelt which means he probably was).
No seatbelts = minor injuries: "Jane (Clark)...hit a lamp post with
such force that she knocked it over and overturned her small car.....She ruined the car
but crawled out with nothing more serious than some ugly bruises". From "Kenneth
Clark" by Meryle Secrest, page 88. (The car she was driving, a Wolseley Hornet, was
not equipped with seatbelts).
Seatbelts kill: Toronto Star, March 16, 2009: "Total Horror:
...Police yesterday recovered the bodies of Carolyn Bray and Joeline Robinson from the
lake...The pair were riding in a two seat utility vehicle... carrying Robinson's niece in
the back.... Bray's cart hit a pressure crack in the ice and went under. Jeni Robinson
managed to jumpoff the back but Bray and Joelin, belted in and unable to free themselves
as they were swallowed up by the frigid water, disappeared under the ice."
Seatbelts worthless: San Francisco Chronicle, October 16, 2008. "...
the vehicle veered off the road, crossed a 30 foot shoulder, hopped an 18 inch embankment,
and tumbled down more than 600 feet in darkness....The next morning rescuers found the
three men, their seatbelts fastened, inside the vehicle. They were dead. The Jeep
(Cherokee) was "rolled up to a ball" (Officer) Covello said. The cause of death
for all three was blunt force trauma. An unsafe speed for conditions was a likely factor
in the incident, (Officer) Covello said."
Seatbelts worthless: Daily Press (Virginia), December 30, 2008.
"Owen Walter Carter.....driving a 2002 Chevrolet...ran off the road and struck a
tree. (Police Sgt.) Cotten said Carter died at the scene. He was wearing a seatbelt".
Seatbelts?: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 22, 2008: "Two men were
killed in a violent crash on Route 22...State police...said...Charles Maines...was driving
"in a careless an unattentive manner". He lost control of his car...crossed over
into oncoming traffic, striking a...minivan driven by Gerald A Wilson...Both men were
trapped in their vehicles and (their bodies) had to be extricated by hydraulic
Ejected?: Western Morning News, Plymouth (UK) October 18, 2008.
"Andrew Kelly received fatal injuries when his car and two others were in a
collision...Emergency services battled for nearly two hours to free Mr. Kelly from the
car". (Note: If he'd been "ejected" he might have lived.)
These are not exceptional cases. This is how most fatal automobile
Seatbelts kill. To understand what is going on here, you might want to
read, or re-read, our essay, Seatbelts Kill
Seatbelt whiplash: An interesting story on ABC news on December 23,
A car slammed into a dump truck. The neck of a nine year old boy sitting in the back seat,
strapped in by a seatbelt, was broken as a result of his head having snapped forward. The
story gives few details, but the accident must have taken place at a relatively low speed
because the mother was not, apparently, seriously injured. The story dwells on the fact
that the doctors were able to save the child's life even though such injuries are usually
fatal. The story is important because of the dearth of real world data on this type of
accident. It shows that even in the type of accident for which NHTSA promotes seatbelts,
even at low speed, the whiplash alone can prove fatal to a child.
Note: Since younger children are more vulnerable to such injuries, and booster seats strap
the child in more firmly than seatbelts, this story illustrates the extreme danger that
booster seats pose to small children in the type of accident envisaged by NHTSA. (cf.
From KIDO radio in Boise Idaho, December 1, 2008. KIDO radio reports that
a woman "lost control of her car" and smashed into a tree. The car was so badly
crushed it took the paramedics two hours to extract the woman's body, according to KIDO
FROM YAHOO AND AP, November 27, 2008. www.yahoo.com
"SUV plunges off Colorado highway, killing 7". We quote from the article in case
it has been removed by the time you see this. We trust Yahoo and AP will forgive us.
"Johnstown, Colorado - An SUV plunged off an overpass and hit a concrete embankment
in a fiery crash Thursday morning, killing all seven people inside it......'Not only is
the SUV burned, it has a lot of crushed deformation from hitting the concrete' (Colorado
State Trooper Gilbert) Mares said". Think about this. Those who were not killed
instantly as a result of being crushed to death were burned alive.
Seatbelts, anyone? Dummy tests anyone? Welcome to the real world, senator Murray.
Rollover accident in France, November 8, 2008:
Driver killed. Head bashed in by collapsing roof. Seatbelt made it
impossible for him to evade the blow. We have so many of these pictures now that this is
deja vu, but we need to keep reminding people until the seatbelt laws are repealed.
(France2 TV screen shot).
Automobile seatbelts, air bags and
booster seats are crackpot inventions thought up by amateurs who didn't know what they
This van ran into a bus. Driver and passenger
crushed to death
(france2 TV screenshot, 3/15/08)
Collision in France. Seven crushed to death.
Remains of minibus
(france2 TV screenshot, 3/24/08)
Collision in France. All occupants crushed to
(france2 TV screenshot, 5/11/08)
This is what happens to real cars in real fatal collisions
Fatal collision in France on June
10, 2008. It's the same
in every country. We show these pictures from France2 because they are the best source of
Here is another fatal collision which took place
All occupants crushed to death.
This fatal collision took place near Eagle, Idaho on
August 3, 2007. Doesn't look much like the dummy
tests, does it.
to the FARS data base, 90% of all cars involved in fatal accidents are "severely
crushed". This information is in the public domain and can easily be verified by
applying an SAS filter to the data. The FARS data base is the official United States
Government record of all fatal accidents which have taken place in this country since
car went into a pond on May 11, 2008 three occupants, only one got out. The others almost
certainly trapped by their seatbelts, as we have seen so often before.
energy is nonsense. Wind power is nonsense. The only way this country can meet its
energy needs without polluting the air is with dams and nuclear power plants.
If Patty Murray's
seatbelt money passes again this year (2008), it is likely that the seatbelt
scammers (NHTSA's nationwide lobbying machine) will be up to their old tricks
again next year, to promote the seatbelt scam - the lies, the bribes, the false witnesses,
the phony front organizations, the fake videos, the false stories planted in the media,
the phony demonstrations, perjury and subornation of perjury, and all the rest of their
bag of tricks. No doubt they will act "agressively" and "with zeal",
to quote from Patty Murray's instructions.
Comment: It seems strange that
a government which is spending hundreds of billions of dollars to protect us from
"terrorists" is at the same time spending hundreds of millions to force us to do
something which has killed more people than all the world's terrorists put together.
Another "ejection" story: On
April 11, 2008, CBS news reported that the driver in the Caldwell accident was
"ejected". Unfortunately for CBS news, this accident happened just down the road
from our office and there was an eye witness who actually saw the accident. The witness
stated that the car was on fire and that she found the driver behind the car. Naturally
the driver would have gotten out of the car if she was able, seeing that the car was on
fire. There is not a shred of evidence that she was "ejected" , and if she had
been ejected it would be very hard to explain how she wound up behind the car, consistent
with the laws of physics. Notice that the toddler would have burned to death, trapped in
his death-trap seat, if our heroine had not been on hand to pull him from the flames. We
don't know where CBS news got their misinformation, but we can guess. For the full story,
including a video link to the eyewitness account, click on the link below:
News Item: Accident
in Fresno, California. From CNN, Novermber 3, 2007. FRESNO, Calif. -- A man was arrested
Saturday on a drunken driving charge after two people were killed and dozens more injured
in a massive morning pileup in dense fog that involved more than 100 cars and trucks, the
California Highway Patrol said.....CHP Officer Paul Solorzano Jr. described the scene as
"something out of a movie, walking up and seeing all the cars mangled and crushed."
(emphasis added. ed.)
note:An air bag is like a bomb. If it goes off it can kill you.
seats claim two more victims (from www.cnn.com, October
Two children trapped in a sinking minivan are alive (but in critical condition, ed.)
thanks to the efforts of five good Samaritans who jumped into a retention pond near Walt
Disney World and saved them. "The van completely became submerged. It was really,
really scary," one of the rescuers said."For the quick reaction that these good
Samaritans had, they saved these kids' lives," Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Kim
Miller told CNN affiliate WKMG-TV of Orlando."It is anyone's worst nightmare. We know
what can happen if kids are under water."The Nissan Quest plunged into the pond off
U.S. Highway 192 on Wednesday afternoon when a spare tire blew out, causing the driver to
lose control, the highway patrol said.The westbound van was carrying five people. The
driver, Ermarie Otereo, 24, and two passengers, Sulane Suero, 21, of Orlando, and Ivan
Rivera, 6, of Kissimmee, were able to escape the submerged minivan, WKMG reported.But
Niomy Rivera, 3, of Kissimmee and Derek Rivera, 1, of Kissimmee, were trapped under water
for as long as seven minutes, the station said.Witnesses said Otereo was screaming for
help, saying her babies were in the car, The Associated Press reported.The good Samaritans
saw the sinking van and jumped in to save the children."I screamed for a knife ...
and I went in and cut up the seat belts on the car seat to get the baby out," rescuer
Elliott Ramos told WKMG. "I was feeling the baby's body. He was motionless, so I'm
trying to put my hand underneath the belt, so I could cut it without injuring the
baby," Ramos told CNN affiliate WESH-TV of Orlando. "I was just fearing for
somebody's life ... I was praying to God, please let these babies live, please let these
babies live. Thank God we got them in time."Another rescuer, Robert Wright, told WESH
he was on his way to pick up his children when he saw the van go out of control and plunge
into the pond. Wright said he didn't think twice about stopping to help."The mother
was yelling that her babies were in the car," Wright said. "The van completely
became submerged. It was really, really scary. You couldn't see anything. It was totally
black underwater. We couldn't get the seat belts loose from the kids. It was pretty
bad," Wright said. All of the occupants were taken to hospital, AP reported. Niomy
and Derek Rivera were in critical condition at Florida Hospital South on Thursday.
Take note: If you
are wearing a seatbelt and you are involved in a head on-collision like the ones shown in
the NHTSA crash test videos, the seatbelt will exert a force on you equal to 30 times your
body weight. That means that if you weigh 150 pounds, the seatbelt will exert a force on
you of 4,500 lbs. Fourthousandfivehundred pounds. In other words, YOU WILL DIE.
Newton's Laws of Motion
have been officially repealed by the United States Congress. It's true. Read
23 USC 153, 157, 402, 405 and 406. Nevertheless, they continue in force. Since Isaac
Newton is dead, he cannot be forced to recant, as was Galileo. So the Congress is taking
refuge in denial.
Comment: Why are
the two most important data points, the cause of death and the cause of the accident,
missing from the FARS data base? Surely, if you want to find ways to save people's lives
in auto accidents, the first thing you want want to know is what caused their death.
Yet NHTSA has not done this. Surely it would be better, rather than spending billions to
promote crackpot schemes, to prevent the accidents from happening in the first place. In
order to do this, would you not want to know what is causing the accidents? Yet NHTSA
has not done this. If you are going to create an agency to improve highway safety,
would you not want to have a director who knew something about highway safety? Yet, in its
entire fortyone year history, NHTSA has never had a director who knew anything about
August 5, 2007 was the fiftieth anniversary of the first
seatbelt hearing held in the U.S. Congress. This
hearing set the tone for most of the subsequent hearings on this subject which have been
held since then. The witnesses were carefully chosen for their willingness to say
that it was a great idea and their readiness to state the most absurd falsehoods
under oath in support of that idea.
Note: We have moved some of
the material which was formerly located here to a new folder, leg2007
is what the senate appropriations sub-committee (chaired by senator Murray) wrote in their
report in 2007:
"The Committee believes that it is
critical that the Secretary and the Administrator be engaged in this effort and directs
the agency to submit quarterly reports on the actions taken by the agency to work towards
the implementation of primary seat belt laws in all States."
"Seat Belt Usage.--Seat belts have proven to be one of the most effective
tools in reducing highway fatalities. NHTSA estimates that seat belts saved 15,632 lives
in 2005 and that an additional 5,328 lives could have been saved if motor vehicle
occupants had been wearing seat belts. Strong seat belt laws coupled with strong
enforcement has proven effective in improving seat belt usage and saving lives. However,
today only 26 States and the District of Columbia have primary seat belt laws. The
enactment of primary seat belt laws has been on the National Transportation Safety Board's
`Most Wanted' list for States since 1998. Under a provision in SAFETEA-LU, the Secretary
and the Administrator have the ability to go to States to work for the implementation of
primary seat belt laws. In testimony before the Committee, the Secretary stated that she
had personally gone out to States to encourage the enactment of primary seat belt laws.
The Committee believes that it is critical that the Secretary
and the Administrator be engaged in this effort and directs the agency to submit quarterly
reports on the actions taken by the agency to work towards the implementation of primary
seat belt laws in all States."
This statement is absolutely staggering in
its falsity, mendacity, and arrogance. Let's just take their statements one at a time:
1. Seatbelts have been
proven to be one of the most effective tools in reducing highway fatalities. As we,
and others, have shown, with massive evidence and documentation, based on years of
research, which you can find on this web-site, seatbelts increase, not decrease the
fatality rate in automobile accidents. As we know after the most careful and exhaustive
investigation, the proof that the committee report refers to does not exist.
The statement is an out and out falsehood.
2. NHTSA estimates
that seatbelts saved 15,632 lives in 2005 and that an additional 5,328 lives could have
been saved if motor vehicle occupants had been wearing seatbelts. A careful
investigation of this estimate reveals that it is purely a product of the
writers imagination. It is an out and out fabrication based on nothing but thin air.
3. Strong seatbelt
laws have proven effective in saving lives. In four years of research we have
not been able to find a single verified case of a persons life ever being saved by a
seatbelt in an automobile accident. As best we can tell, based on the available evidence,
seatbelts kill approximately 2,000 people a year in this country. (See our report,
The Truth About Seatbelts, on this web-site).
4. The enactment of primary seatbelt
laws has been on the National Transportation Safety Boards Most Wanted List since
1998. According to the NTSB web-site, State Mandatory Seatbelt Use Laws
was added to their Most Wanted List in l991 and removed in l994. Nowhere
does it indicate that it was put back in 1998, or at any other time.
5. Under a provision
in SAFETEA-LU, the Secretary and the Administrator have the ability to go to States to
work for the implementation of primary seat belt laws. We have read
SAFETEA-LU very carefully and have not found such a provision, which
would, in any case, violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the congressional ban on
federal employees lobbying state legislatures.
6. In testimony before the Committee,
the Secretary stated that she had personally gone out to States to encourage the enactment
of primary seat belt laws. We were not aware that she had done so, but if she did,
we believe it would be in violation of federal law. It would certainly be inappropriate,
in our opinion, and exceed her mandate.
Notice that, as before, the subcommittee took it upon itself to lecture and
instruct NHTSA in its duties before the full committee, let alone the full senate, never
mind the House of Representatives or the President of the United States, had a chance to
consider their report.
Re Anton's Law in the U.S. Code: You may think this is all legastistic gobblediguk, but this is what leads to
that flashing red light in your rear view mirror and that siren telling you to pull over.
We thought you might like to read what your congress has enacted into law. This is from 49
USC 30127 note. This stuff isnt easy to find. In fact, they would probably rather you
didn't find it. This note was referenced in House report 109-203, which was the
final conference report on HR 3, and is now P.L. 109-59. You will find the reference in
section 2011(a). (H.R. 3 was the transportation authorization bill for 2005 through 2009).
Booster seat study. .....not later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this
Act (Nov. 1, 2001) the Secretary of Transportation shall initiate and complete a
study, taking into acount the views of the public, on the use and effectiveness of
automobile booster seats for children, compiling information on the advantages and
disadvantages of using booster seats and determining the benefits, if any, to children
from use of booster (seats?) with lap and shoulder belts compared to children using lap
and shoulder belts alone, and submit a report on the results of that study to the congress
now isn't that nice. What could be fairer than that. Unfortunately, our euphoria is cut
short by the next paragraph:
Booster seat education program. The Secretary of Transportation within one year after the
date of the enactment of this act (Nov. 1, 2001) shall develop a 5 year strategic plan to
reduce deaths and injuries caused by the failure to use the appropriate booster seat in
the 4 to 8 year old age group by 25%"
Note: We have
already shown how booster seats kill children in fire, in water, and in head-on
collisions, as shown in the famous NHTSA dummy test videos. See THE GREAT BOOSTER SEAT SCAM below for more.
Corzine Accident: In 2007, Governor Corzine
of New Jersey was almost killed by his seatbelt in an auto accident. The police falsely
gave out the story that he had not been wearing a seatbelt. In this account we expose the
lies and show what actually happened. corzine_accident.htm
Here's a little item you might enjoy (or
maybe not): Twin Falls, Idaho, May 4, 2007. Two canoeists went out to retrieve the body of
a suicide victim. When they came to shore with the victim the sheriff was waiting for
them. He wrote them a ticket for not wearing a life preserver.
Here's a little statistic you might not have been aware of. Accoding to NHTSA, 55% of drivers involved in fatal
collisions have previous convictions for reckless driving. Since there are usually two
drivers involved in a fatal collision, that would indicate that most fatal collisions are
caused by drivers with previous convictions for reckless driving.
Cars do not cause accidents. Drivers cause accidents.
The following picture and story
appeared in the Idaho Statesman on April 21,
2007. Visit www.idahostatesman.com
It's hard to open your seatbelt when you're hanging upside down from
Note: This is probably how Bethany Ashmoore's babies died, trapped upside
down in their "child safety seats" with their heads under water (see our newspaper gallery on
this website). More such cases in our seatbeltvictims
Thought for the day: In the event of a side impact collision near the front or
rear of a vehicle, an unbelted driver or passenger may be thrown against the side of the
vehicle and suffer a bruised arm; a belted driver or passenger may be thrown against
the shoulder belt and suffer a broken neck.
Here's an interesting little
fact you might not have known. Today's
"emergency locking retractors" will not only lock up in a deceleration but also
in a roll-over, thus preventing you from taking any evasive action to prevent your head
from being crushed as the roof caves in. Of course roofs dont usually crush if you roll
over into water, so the belt just keeps you pinned upside down while you're
FMVSS 208: Since many seatbelt laws state that they apply only to
seatbelts meeting FMVSS 208, we thought we would post FMVSS 208 so you could read it for
yourself and determine if your seatbelts comply with FMVSS 208. Remember, though, that
FMVSS 208 has changed frequently over the years and most seatbelt laws do not state which
version of FMVSS 208 your seatbelts need to comply with.
many of you have actually read the FMVSS that you are forcing on the American
people? How many of you actually understand them? You are taking them on faith. But they
are not worthy of your faith. The bureaucrats are making these standards so long,
convoluted and incomprehensible that you won't bother to read them and, if you read them,
that you won't understand them. Most of these so -called "standards" are both
inane and insane. Most of it is just plain gibberish.
Congress: Over the last ten years, congress has spent more than a
billion dollars to foist the seatbelt scam on the American people. Is this really what we
want congress to spend our money on?
23 USC 157.
Over the years, the seatbelt scammers have gotten their false claims enshrined in
the U.S. Code in not just one, but five different places - implicitly and explicitly - in
order to sell seatbelts and justify ripping people off for not wearing them. These are 23
USC 153, 157, 402, 405 and 406. 153 and 157 came from earlier authorization bills but they
have never been repealed. Since we have not previoulsy posted 23 USC 157 we thought we
would call it to your attention.
1. Although, when this section was drafted, they had not yet thought of referring to
seatbelts as "safety" belts, notice the heading: "Safety incentive grants
for the use of seatbelts". The psychological trick is to state the falsehood as an
accepted fact. Thus, the use of the word "safety" is supposed to make you think
that seatbelts will make you safer, and dissuade you from questioning this assertion.
2.Notice the words "incentive grants". In other words, they are offering
bribes to states, using your tax money, to bamboozle and coerce people into using
3. Notice paragraph (a)(6): "Savings to the federal government". Again, the
falsehood is stated as an accepted fact. This section goes on to state: "The term
'savings to the federal government' means the amount of Federal budget savings relating to
Federal medical costs (including savings under medicare and medicaid programs under titles
XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act (42 USC 1395 et seq)), as determined by the
Secretary." This pseudolegalistic drivel is supposed to make you think that forcing
people to wear seatbelts is going to save the federal government money. (Notice it doesn't
say it will save you money). The false claim is made explicit in paragraph (b) (2)(B)
where it says, "The amount that is equal to the savings to the Federal government due
to any increase in State seatbelt use...." In other words, take for granted that such
savings exist. Dont try to present any evidence (there isn't any), don't try to persuade
people, just state the falsehood as an accepted fact and hope no one will question it.
4.Notice the words, "as determined by the Secretary". In other words, the
Secretary (of Transportation) can give, or withhold, millions of dollars in these pork
barrel grants to states as he sees fit.
5. Notice section (f): "Innovative Seat Belt Project Allocations". In other
words, they are going to give states millions of dollars of your tax money to think up new
ways to bamboozle and coerce people into using seatbelts. Sub paragraph (5) says the
amount of allocation "shall not be less than $100,000 per year". This is
supposed to make you think it's small potatoes. But notice no upper limit is given. And
when you look at the totals authorized for Section 157, it came to fivehundredfortysix
From Friedl Pfeiffer's
biography: "I had been driving through a
downpour to Hailey, about 12 miles from Sun Valley, when my car started to fishtail. I
fought the slide until the car flipped over, throwing me right through the convertible top
and into the sage brush. I was lucky to survive with only a few bumps and bruises.... but
the yellow convertible was gone for good". (From "Nice Goin" by Friedl
Note: If Mr. Pfeiffer had been wearing a seatbelt, the car would have landed on top of him
and he would have been killed. As it was, he survived with only a few bumps and bruises.
SEATBELTS KILL! Stop the seatbelt scam!
ultimate source of all seatbelt harassment campaigns. We thought you might like to see the
High Visibility Enforcement clause of HR 3 as it finally emerged from the conference
committee. This is now the law of the land. See Sec.2009.
1. Congress passes the laws instructing the
Secretary of Transportation to promote the seatbelt scam and other Orwellian schemes, and
appropriates hundreds of millions of dollars for the purpose.
2. The Secretary assigns the job to the Director (Administrator) of the National Highway
Transportation Safety Administration.
3. The Administrator carries out the instructions of the Secretary, organizing and
directing his huge propaganda and lobbying machine to try to get states to pass these
Orwellian laws, funded by hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money for bribes and
Once again, please tell your senators and
representatives to repeal 23 USC 153, 157, 402, 405 and 406.
NHTSA document, which is intended for state police and transportation departments, will
show you what is behind the "click-it-or-ticket" campaigns.
study. Respectable scholars, working independently, have concluded, after
careful study of the available data, that seatbelts are harmful. They are: Professor Adams
of London University, based on the european data, Professor Schreier of the University of
Connecticut (retired), based on the American data, and Professors Levine and Basilevsky,
at the University of Winnipeg, based on the Canadian data. No government has put forward
any evidence to refute these studies.
Why is it important to fight the seatbelt laws? (Read on)