How Can This Be???
The 2008 numbers are interesting, and should (emphasis on should) drive a stake through the heart of the Granny State* Movement, and put that anti-liberty revenue enhancement mechanism of a bill to rest, once and for all.
2008 Seat Belt Use Rates (% change from 2007)
Massachusetts: 66.8% (-1.9%)
New Hampshire: 69.2% (+5.4%)
New Hampshire saw the second highest increase in seat belt use nationwide without the need for any meddlesome and intrusive laws designed to (a) tell grown-ups how to behave, and (b) extort money from them for not engaging in government-approved behavior.
WBZTV.com: Mass. Seat Belt Use Worst In Nation
Gee, if only they had a law requiring...
* Granite State Nanny Staters
UPDATE: If you really want to see the motivation behind the mandatory seat belt law, get your state rep or senator to introduce an amendment that would establish a fine of $10, payable to the charity of the offender's choice.
"Oops, forgot to put my seat belt on. That's another ten bucks for my kid's school's Eddie Eagle program."
See how well that one goes over.
Then ask them, "Do you not care about the well-being of the children?".