There are many common practices that does not make common sense. People’s resistance of seat-belt is a typical one.
Many people HATE seat-belts, especially taxi drivers.
This morning, I get on board a Jinjiang taxi. The driver drove like crazy, and set the record time to get to Xujiahui from where I live in Pudong.
He don’t like seat-belt.
In Shanghai, if someone is caught driving without seat-belt, he will be fined 200 RMB. So, this is what happened.
Every time he passed a crossroad with policeman there, he put on the seat-belt, and he remove it as soon as the car rear passed the policeman. Along the road, he put the seat-belt on, and off, one and off, on and off, on and off… Even I, as a passenger got annoyed.
This also happens to me. When someone get on board my car, I always need to reminder them for the safe belt. Some did, but many (more than 50%) felt and confused. There are typically three types of answers.
- “We are not going to expressway. What’s the use of seat-belt?”
- “Policemen all went home already.”
- “That is not comfortable. It is the time to relax”
When I walk and wait at the red light, sometime I did quick survey of the usage rate of seat-belt. My personal data at Guangyuan Road (before the SJTU gate) is, as more as 70% of drivers in Shanghai don’t take seat-belt.
I am sure more people will take seat-belt in the future, when they understand seat-belt is not just a mouse-and-cat game to play with policemen.