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Salary cuts! We're to blame

Edward Lapham is editor of Automotive News

Dec. 17 -- Just when we thought nobody in Washington was serious about our safety, Congress has taken tough action.

The lawmakers, in their infinite wisdom, have cut executive bonuses at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by a total of $20,000 this year.

Why? Because not enough of us are wearing seat belts. The old Clinton Administration set a goal of 85 percent usage by 2000 and 90 percent by 2005. But only about 73 percent of us are using the safety devices.

So the top 24 execs at NHTSA will have their pay docked an average of $800.

This time of year it's important to buckle up. If you don't care enough about your own life, think of those poor bureaucrats in Washington.

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