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Do drivers care if the passengers wear seatbelts? Do they enforce it? Maybe downvote passengers who don't?

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jcgreen79
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 Posted 1 year, 1 month ago

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I heard this really irritates the drivers?

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    ShadyPeteMD
    179 Driver
     1 year ago

    No, I do not care and don't enforce it.  All it'll do is to make my rating (potentially) lower.  Why take that hit for someone else's safety?

    I am not joking aroudn either.  I actually imagined warning people and seeing if they would tip me more or get my ratings higher.  Nope. I don't think that'd happen.

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      DWang02
      105 Rider
       1 year ago

      What's wrong with all you posters.  This is 2018.  Don't you know the danger of not wearing a seatbelt?  You need to watch some of those horrifying training videos where people die so easily when tossed outside of a car.  It's no joke.

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        ShadyPeteMD
        179 Driver
         1 year ago

        I don't think anyone is arguing the safety aspect of it.  We just don't enforce it.    I wonder if there's actually a penalty for not enforcing...

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          DWang02
          105 Rider
           1 year ago

          Missing the point.  Legal or not, fee or not, we all should wear them.  They save lives. 

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            ShadyPeteMD
            179 Driver
             1 year ago

            nope. I am not missing the point.  

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              DWang02
              105 Rider
               1 year ago

              Go to YouTube and look up, "no seatbelt accidents."

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        donbon
        85
         1 year ago

        I honestly do not get why people do not wear seatbelts. Or smoke. Or refuse sunscreen. These things have all been proven over and over and over again to save lives/give longevity.

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    RedANT
    1059 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    When a passenger sits in the back seat I have a sign on the seat back with all car "rules," with the first being, "Please use seatbelts as required under XXXXXXXX."  (XXXXX = your local seatbelt ordinance)  I did my part in asking compliance with the law. 

    I do not, however, require that passengers wear them unless they're in the front passenger seat. 

    We lived for decades without worrying about backseat passengers wearing seatbelts and the world is still spinning.  Requiring them now is nothing more than nanny state, politically correct BS. 

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      GilbertoMasterson
      16
       1 month ago

      Sound advice. Cover your ass in terms of liability first. you protect yourself, and let the riders protect themselves.

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      franciash
      23
       1 year ago

      Oh, I like the idea of a sign. Thanks!

      I don't agree with your backseat/no seatbelt logic though. Seatbelts are proven to save lives whether you are in the back or front!!

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    BGraft89
    614 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    I just re-read the post question.  You are asking if drivers DOWNVOTE?  Nah, that's pretty harsh and extreme, no?   We may think you are stupid but we won't judge!

    Plus, giving you a negative rating won't make you fix your ways.

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      TonyAlmeida
      1123 Rider
       1 year ago

      and in Uber, you do not downvote. LOL

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        BGraft89
        614 Rider Driver
         1 year ago

        Well for that matter, we don't leave "negative" ratings either.  We give stars. :)

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      RainbowRash
      101 Rider
       4 months ago

      This heavily depends on the state law. For one, whether the belts are required in the backseat. For two, whether the drivers are responsible for it.

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    BGraft89
    614 Rider Driver
     1 year ago

    Gosh, overwhelming number of drivers saying they don't enforce it. All the conscience and safety discussions aside, I believe in many states, the driver, regardless of whether the car is for-hire or not, is responsible for enforcing the seatbelts.  I am in Massachusetts, and that's the law here.  So the driver gets the ticket.

    Not sure about the insurance or legal aspects of it.  but I know you can get ticketed, and you can be pulled over for it too.

    Next state over in New Hampshire, I think you can do wathever you want. LOL  

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    FuegoJuno
    125
     1 year ago

    I am a Uber user.  I don't wear seatbelts whenever I am on taxis, Uber or public transportation.  I feel like it's one place I don't need to and I feel invigorated and liberated. LOL.

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    joeyj
    423 Driver Rider
     1 year ago

    I would feel like the biggest tool telling my pax to put their seatbelt on. It's their life.

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    september15th
    2
     1 year ago

    Yes, I can get fined for passengers not wearing seatbelts. I can also get deactivated from driving with Uber. Why would I risk my MONEY and my JOB just becuase you feel like being an idiot?

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    SyedAli
    232 Driver
     1 year ago

    Sure, I do prefer the passengers wear seatbelts, but I don't get mad to the point I give negative ratings.  I do see plenty of people not buckling up, and I have never given a downvote.

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    ChrisWeston
    94 Rider
     4 months ago
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    jeffrey1987
    64 Driver
     1 year ago

    Honestly, I don't notice if you are wearing a seatbelt or not. So I guess I don't really care...

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    DDominico69
    161 Driver
     1 year ago

    I do enforce it and I do warn people to wear seatbelts.  It's not because I am a saint, but because I do not want to be sued or have insurance deny the payouts.

    You become personally responsible if you don't enforce it.  I can be sued for millions and never make a profit for the rest of my life.  If I get sued and liability insurance doesn't kick in, I am screwed.

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      DriveMeToTheMoon
      284 Driver Driver
       1 year ago

      What?  No, I call BS on this.  You do not become personally liable for some stupid ingnorant behavior by your passengers.  If they dont' wear their seatbelts, that's their problem.

      Now, whether I have legal responsibilities to enforce the seatbelt can probably be argued.  I will admit that.  Probably depends on the state or something.  However, only because I may not be following the books, it doesn't mean insurance company won't pay.  If I am speeding and get into an accident, the company will still pay, right?!

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        jbauer
        391 Driver
         1 year ago

        DDominico isn't correct with his blanket statement, but you (DriveMeToTheMoon) aren't quite right either.  This is why law sucks and those blood suckers make so much money.

        If you are caught by the insurance company breaking the law or doing something ignorant, the insurance company may not pay.  They can certainly argue that.  If you are in doubt, why don't you call the insurance company, tell them you are speeding and ask what happens if you crashed.

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    BrianTheScrewDriver
    421 Driver Driver
     1 year ago

    I encourage my passengers, sure. I believe in them, and my job is to get them from A to B safely.

    I do it in a nice way.  Maybe just say, "Are you bucked up, ready to go?"  and if they don't, I don't push it. After I said that and they don't do it, that means they don't wanna do it.

    Also worried about liability concerns for me not warning them. Ha!  Maybe I am selfish

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      AnitaBAnthony
      75
       1 year ago

      Yeah, I am seeing your point.  People know when they are breaking the rules. 

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    DonutDrivers
    239 Driver Driver
     1 year ago

    In the front seat?  I always ask....  not because I am noble but because my car constantly beeps if we don't buckle in.  The back?  not care too much.  I still look out of habit (I got kids), but I hold back the urge to warn people.  It's their life.

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    ShamedJames
    97
     1 year ago

    In my state, passengers aren't required to wear seatbelts.  Since all Uber users are 18 and over (and those who aren't are under the responsibility of another), I don't need to and don't care to enforce it.

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      DimSumUng
      126
       1 year ago

      You may get tickets.  Well, I guess the passenger can get tickets.  I guess you don't care about that.

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    CurbDigger
    159
     1 year ago

    I despise seatbelts and I hate the government for enforcing them on us.  It's the whole big brother thing.  how dare they tell me how to live or how "risky" I should live my life.  Can I eat Chicken McNuggets for the fives meals in a row?  That's my perogative.

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    AsStibelDude
    624 Driver
     1 year ago

    Depends on the state law.  In some seatbelts aren't required in the backseat, and in some , they are exempt if within a taxi.  Is Uber a taxi?  I have no idea.

    I frankly don't enforce them.  Couldn't care less.