The further away you get from “civilized” society (in other words, the modernization attempts at older cultures) the looser the rules become with regards to law.
In Canada there are zero exceptions to the seat belt law. Zero. If you are in a car and it is on a public road, you are mandated by law to wear a seat belt.
In Korea, only the people in the front seat are required to wear a seat belt, at least that’s what we keep being told. Just make this insane lack of thought that went into the law a significant point, when a family goes on a trip, where do the children sit? Same place in Canada as they do in Korea….the back seat. I have seen no end of kids wandering around the back if a car or SUV. Hell, I’ve seen a kid sticking his head out the sunroof, all while the vehicle was in motion….on a public street.
In Canada, specifically Ontario, there is are inter-city busses and I have never once worn a seat before in one of them. They simply do not exist. I do believe that had to do with the odds of such large vehicles ever being in an accident, where you would need one, are pretty low. Yet, here I am on Korea, having to wear a seatbelt on an inter-city bus.
There seems to be some consistency issues with the laws here….
This shows the degradation of respect for the laws that goes with converting native cultures into modern standards, I’ve seen whole families on mopeds in Thailand and saw one lady riding “side-saddle” as a passenger there.
To borrow a SciFi acronym, YAKI (Yet Another Korean Inconsistency).