Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Those missing seat belts

Hart Hanson again answers why Booth never wears a seat belt:

13 comments:

Erin said...

It is also very common for those in law enforcement (Booth) to not wear seat belts so that they can get out of the car in a hurry to go after a suspect (this was told to me by various police and military officers).

Anonymous said...

Its probably wrong to say this (well I'm pretty sure it is) but - He 'Booth - a fictional character' is such a badass! I love it! *hehe*

Disclaimer: People should wear their seatbelts because it SIGNIFICANTLY lowers the risk of bodily injury in the event of a car accident

Phillip said...

I always wondered if the lack of seat belt was a Booth thing or a DB thing.

Glad someone asked Hart so i didn't have too lol.


Am i right in thinking it is not a legal requirement to wear a seatbelt in the states?

Wendy said...

It is determined by state. In Tennessee, for example, seat belt violations could only be tacked on to major traffic offenses like speeding while being 100% illegal to have unrestrained children. Now, however, an officer can stop you for not wearing your seat belt alone.

Erin said...

I double checked with my best friend who works for the Arvada, Colorado Sherrif's department and she confirmed that most officers do not wear their seat belts because "they get in the way and get tangled."

Phillip said...

@wendy, so in some states it is illegal, but in others it isn't yeah?

It's a legal requirement for the driver and front passenger to wear a seatbelt in the UK an i'm pretty sure the whole of the EU.

Jeannie said...

Yes Philipp, it's legally required all over the EU. And I'm glad DB does wear one in real life.

Kate said...

I actually thought HH was just giving the party line, so I dug about ye olde Interweb. The evidence is scanty, but he does appear to usually wear a seat belt.

Tell the kids, all the cool people wear seat belts.

Stephanie said...

Yeah, Phillip, it's one of those state-by-state things. I think it's completely illegal to go without a seatbelt here in Florida (there are signs that read "Buckle Up: It's the Law!" on the highways,) but in Ohio (where I used to live,) if you're over 18 and sitting in the backseat, you can legally go without. So yeah, it varies.

That's interesting about law enforcement often not wearing seatbelts. I did not know that. It kinda always bugged me that Booth didn't wear his, so it's nice to have an explanation.

Anonymous said...

It surprises me that Brennan doesn't refuse to ride with him when he's unrestrained, given that a, what? 190-pound guy? flying around the car after a collision would certainly be enough to main or kill her, even if she was restrained herself.

That just strikes me as something that she'd totally dig in her heels about. It's a matter of physics.

Phillip said...

Thanks for confirming that for me Stephanie.

Jeannie - I did think so, but wasn't quite sure about the newest EU states in the east.

Alias really pisses me off with incorrect licence plates and using vehicles not sold in the EU, so when Bones did London i was very happy to see proper legal UK licence plates, very little green screening [Alias also has some shoddy ass green screens] and proper British cars.

It may sound sad, but it is nice to see TV shows following the law of the country their in occasionally.

Justin said...

that's just one of those things you never notice unless it's pointed out. @ anonymous: that's so true. but most TV shows dont go into that much detail. maybe now that hart hanson's made it all public, Bren is going to make some kind of little fuss about it. i can just hear booth saying, "It gets in the way, Bones..."

kpwattson said...

I can't help but notice that Bones improperly wears her seatbelt. For a character who is supposed to be a scientist, she totally ignores physics and medicine.

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