Why might the introduction of mandatory seat belt wearing result in more reckless driving?Why might the introduction of mandatory seat belt wearing result in more reckless driving?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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People are strange, aren't they? One possibility is that people will feel safer because they are wearing a seatbelt, so they will drive more recklessly. If they had not been forced to wear the seatbelt, they might have driven more cautiously. Ironic isn't it?
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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Look at this from a cost-benefit perspective.  Wearing a seat belt lowers the potential costs of driving recklessly.  If you drive recklessly and get in an accident while not wearing a seatbelt, you are likely to die.  If you are wearing a seat belt, you are less likely to die.  This lowers the potential cost of reckless driving.  When you lower the cost of doing something, more people will do it because the ratio of benefits to costs goes up.

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