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From the 'We Almost Missed It'' file comes word Kansas man has set about testing his state's new seatbelt law. Kansas has just joined the handful of other states that have moved not wearing a seatbelt while driving up to a primary offense, meaning that law enforcement officers can pull over and cite offenders simply for failing to buckle up. According to KWCH CBS 12, Paul Weigand says that he wants to challenge the law because he believes wearing his seatbelt should be up to him. Since the law says that an individual simply has to wear a seatbelt, Weigand has apparently taken to donning a seatbelt that he made himself around his waist at all times. The law apparently makes no mention of the seatbelt needing to be factory equipment nor that the belt needs to actually be fastened to the vehicle.

Not surprisingly, Weigand was cited under the new law and decided to fight the citation. A district judge decided earlier this month that the seatbelt crusader can take his case to court. According to the report, Weigand knows that he's poking fun at the law, but believes that seatbelt use should be up to individuals. He claims to have a phobia of being trapped in a crashed vehicle. Click on the KWCH link below to watch a video and see the homemade safety belt for yourself.

[Source: KWCH CBS 12 via USA Today]Kansas man goes to court over homemade seatbelt originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Jan 2011 09:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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His case is solid due to the fact that the law doesn't say anything about the seatbelt having to be OEM.

This could become a problem for those of us who have a 5 point harness, since that is not OEM on our cars.

That being said, not wearing a seatbelt (be it 3 point or 5 point) is not smart.

A lap belt doesn't do much good comparitively.

I'll take Alive and temporarily trapped over dead anyday.
 
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