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Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Little PSA

There are a lot of things I have a strong opinion about.  While I may not always voice those opinions there is one thing I have always preached and will never stop hounding people about...

Seat belts.

Wear your dang seat belts.

This is why


This person rolled over three times at interstate speeds (that's about 65mph around these parts) and landed on the driver's side.  Thanks to wearing a seat belt I showed up bright and early on this frosted morning, did an assessment, and this person was able to sign a piece of paper and get on about making the morning and the car right-side up without a trip to the hospital... much less any sort of serious injury. 

At 65 miles an hour without wearing a seat belt and rolling over three times I don't think I need to describe the likely injuries that could result...

There is really no reason to not wear your seatbelt or for your children to not wear a seatbelt.  I've heard every excuse in the book why people do not want to wear their seat belt.  I'm too fat, I'm pregnant, the seat belt irritates me, I was just going two miles down the road, I just took it off to do something... and so on.  All nonsense. For the record I always wear my seat belt, even if I am just driving to the post office a little over a quarter mile away. 

Please, if you don't already wear you seat belt.  Buckle-up. 

And if you have a story to about how wearing a seat belt saved your life or made the difference between serious injury and walking away from an accident please share it! Maybe it will encourage people to buckle up if there are more voices on the subject.

15 comments:

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Great post, Jen!! Thankfully, I don't have a story to tell about a seat belt saving my life. But I wear mine RELIGOUSLY! I actually started being so dedicated about it when my son was a little fella in a car seat. There are (a few) cases in which a person could possibly have lived if the seat belt hadn't kept them in the car (such as fires, etc.). But when my son was born, I knew that, if we had an accident, he would remain in that car, and I wanted to be where he was, so I could help him.
It's a great habit -- and the law in our state.

Misty Dawn said...

I live in an area where most people do not wear their seat belt, and the seat belt law isn't very strictly enforced. I still wear my seat belt, even when others in the vehicle choose not to. I've been told, "Oh, we won't pass any cops here, you don't need to put that on." to which I reply, "That's not why I'm putting it on!"

Amy said...

I feel naked without mine!

Rebecca said...

When I was in high school my mother who was a driver for FedEx at the time, turned right at a blind intersection right in front of a huge semi and was slammed into on her side, pushed through a chain link fence and several concrete pylons.

Needless to say the injuries were extensive and she almost died....BUT she certainly would have had she not been wearing her seatbelt which limited the damage to her body. I was 15 and not driving yet but this experience left a lasting impression and today at 28 I won't start my car moving until everyone is fully clicked in. Like a poster above, I feel "naked" without it.

Rosanne said...

When I was a little kid, cars didn't have seatbelts. Somewhere in the 60's they started putting them in cars. I got used to wearing one pretty quickly. I was in an accident (a drunk rear-ended us) when I was a teen. We didn't have the shoulder strap part of the seatbelt then, just lap belts. I was hurt, but not badly. So when I became a mom, I always told my kiddos that the car wouldn't start until everyone's seatbelt was buckled. It worked! My kids (all grown) ALWAYS wear their seatbelts! Thanks for reminding everyone how important it is to wear your seatbelt!

The Wife of a Dairyman said...

When I was a kid, before seatbelt laws, we didn't think anything of jumping in the car and crawling around the back seat while driving, thankfully nothing ever happened....I can't even imagine not wearing seat belts these days. I would feel naked and unprotected.

melanie said...

I don't have a personal story, but we've made seatbelts a huge deal to our kids. In fact...my son(3) even buckles his blankie in the seat next to him.

Sweetcherry said...

A few years ago my Mom and I were in a car accident...seatbelts aren't required in NH and my parents don't always wear theirs when going short distances. My Mom, without even thinking about it, put hers on when she saw me buckling mine as we left the grocery store. We were almost home when a big pickup didn't stop in an intersection and broadsided us; we swerved and slammed into the curb. My Mom got a little bump on her head, but other than that we were both fine! I don't like to go anywhere without buckling up!

Whitney said...

I was involved in an accident a few years ago where someone turned in front of me and I "T-Boned" their vehicle. I didn’t have on my seatbelt and my face slammed into the windshield. I was VERY lucky to be uninjured with the nasty bump my head took, I'm very lucky to not be permanently disfigured and thankfully I didn’t have any burns from the airbag. That was one time too many and I ALWAYS wear my seatbelt now. I don’t have any children yet, (I will in June) but they WILL wear their seat belt!!! I know my husband gets annoyed with me constantly telling him to “buckle up” but I just can’t stand the thought of someone I love being injured or killed because I didn’t speak up.

T Lee said...

I was a part of the "seatbelt evolution", as I call it. I grew up with seatbelts not existing, to them existing and being this quaint new idea to auto safety to becoming law! I was a pretty rowdy, mario andretti kinda teenage driver, too and by the grace of God, survived without any accidents! I had to adjust to being required to wear a seatbelt and also how to properly install two, safe carseats for my 12 months apart girl and boy! I adapted to keeping them secure and safe quite easily, not so much myself! but, THEY trained me. THEY called me out at 3 and 4 years old (1995)!! I have been involved in about FIVE accidents (since my mid-twenties - last one being about 7 years ago now), only one was citated as my fault! Seatbelts made the difference as to injuries and/or death in all of them. I am a complete and total convert and believer in the greatness of "buckling up for safety"!! I have a five year old now and his daddy does not always worry about buckling up.....our baby makes sure he is aware of it and corrects it!! Love it!!

Amanda said...

My brother was involved in a roll-over accident. All he walked away with was a bump on the head and some ugly bruises where the seatbelt was. "Beats eating windshield, though" as he would tell you. :)
(My parents were away on vacation and I was 18. This was my first taste of being the "responsible adult" that the responding police officer called to notify of the accident and ask if I wanted him taken to the hospital.)

At UPS we require photos be taken to document every accident our employees are ever involved in, no matter how small. I often get e-mails of accident reports and some of them get posted for employees to see. I can't even imagine the number of lives that have been saved in my 10 years there.

Amanda said...

Oh, and I owned a Geo Tracker for about 5 years. If you think for ONE SECOND I ever sat in that vehicle without a seatbelt, you're all kinds of crazy. It's amazing I never rolled that thing, and I am so grateful for my little car with the included safety package now.

Amanda said...

I feel naked without my seatbelt. When I was 18, I rolled my car after falling asleep behind the wheel. My seatbelt definitely saved my life.

I'm glad the wreck victim was okay.

Susan said...

I, like other posters, feel naked without my seatbelt and have worn one since I was a kid before seatbelt laws. I remember being in kindergarten when the law was put in place and hearing it on the radio I said to my mom "good thing I always wear it anyway!" I do have 2 stories about seatbelts.

1: When I was a kid, before seatbelt laws, we had a van with captain-style seats in the front. We were driving down a slippery mountain road in Maine when we went into a slide, doing a 360 in the middle of the road. Thankfully we didn't roll over and just smacked into a snowbank with almost no damage to the van. my mother however, not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown out of her seat onto the floor in between the driver & passenger seats. Thankfully she was just a little bruised, but that was only a minor accident!

2. My husband and I were on the highway in traffic (only doing about 40mph)when traffic stopped short. Someone cut in behind us and rear-ended us, pushing us into the car in front of us; the car behind us was also hit from behind. The frame of our car was bent so I could not get out of the passenger door. Thankfully both my husband and I were wearing seatbelts. I ended up with a mild concussion, but was ok. The teenagers who hit us were not wearing seatbelts. One of them cracked the windshield with their head- thankfully they didn't go through the windshield and they were still conscious, but I don't know the extent of their injuries.

No one rides in my car without a seatbelt. period.

Mel said...

Amen Sister! We live 1/4 of a mile down the road from my in-laws, but I still wear my seat belt, and make my kids. The speed limit is 50 on this road and I don't care that it is such a short distance, if something were to happen I would never forgive myself. My mother-in-law thinks I'm weird, but I don't care! My sister got rear-ended on the Interstate and her and her daughter both walked away with only bruises. The guy was going about 50 mph and my sister had just stopped (you have to love rush hour city traffic when you are parked on the Interstate) The car was totaled. And their bruises were where the seat belts ahd kept them from flying through the windshield. Some people argue that you can still die wearing your seat belt, and I'm sure you can. But wearing your seatbelt sure increases the odds that you won't!

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