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#3206225 - 12/04/13 03:17 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 5711
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I always buckle up, even on my tractor as it has a roll bar.
I had a little off course excursion in the Neon that could've been fatal without a seatbelt, and I drove the car home...
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#3206309 - 12/04/13 04:26 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
andyd Offline


Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 3863
Loc: Marshfield , MA
Yah. my kids got me doing it. I put an 11 1/2 foot box truck under a 10 ' bridge. As soon as I realized what was doing, I floored it to get the truck out from under. The cop said I probably would have gone through the windshield if I had not been belted in. I noticed that in most car fatalities, it is a result of being ejected. Being belted in prevents ejection. It is that simple.
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#3206335 - 12/04/13 04:47 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
friendly_jacek Offline


Registered: 05/04/03
Posts: 5495
Loc: southeast US
I always do. Once I had a major head on collision and had very minor injuries like cuts and bruises. Sadly, my passenger undid her belts shortly before collision for some silly reasons and she ended up in an ICU for a month. She barely survived.

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#3208146 - 12/06/13 06:02 AM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
sprintman Offline


Registered: 05/27/02
Posts: 11006
Loc: Canberra ACT Australia
I do as it's the law and smart.

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#3208343 - 12/06/13 10:06 AM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
surfstar Offline


Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 4409
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
Wait, are BITOGers in agreement with a nanny-state mandate?

shocked2


Helmets for motorcycles, bicycles, skiing/snowboarding, etc? Some people still fight those
duh

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#3208813 - 12/06/13 05:29 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
Silk Offline


Registered: 07/26/03
Posts: 2169
Loc: New Zealand
New Zealand was far from a nanny state when seatbelt and helmet laws were introduced in the early '70's, but it was the start of protecting ourselves from ourselves. Full blown nanny state now.

This accident last year is pretty conclusive - 3 Americans killed when not wearing a seatbelt, those who did had minor injuries. They were obviously used to not wearing them, but it cost them their lives in an unfamiliar country.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/8787029/Tongariro-fatal-driver-new-to-NZ-roads
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#3210857 - 12/08/13 09:46 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
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Registered: 05/12/05
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#3211769 - 12/09/13 10:03 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
Whitewolf Offline


Registered: 10/05/06
Posts: 1913
Loc: MI, USA
My cousin died because she was not wearing a seat-belt.
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#3211946 - 12/10/13 04:09 AM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
Barkleymut Offline


Registered: 01/27/04
Posts: 2457
Loc: Richmond, VA
I was in a head on when I was 17 years old. I had my seatbelt on and got some minor bruising. My best friend was driving and didn't have his belt on and he hit the windshield. He was fine eventhough he broke the windshield with his forehead. I fully expected to look over and see him dead. It was scary as H E double hockey sticks.
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#3211993 - 12/10/13 07:11 AM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 10246
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
I am living proof that not wearing a seat can be a life saver.
In the early 80's I was hit head on while stopped at a red light, I broke a few ribs on the floor shifter and my shoulder but if I had been wearing a seat belt I would have been decapitated.

The other cars chrome steel bumper came off and went through my windshield, it hit the drivers seat headrest and drove it through the rear window.
If I had have been wearing a seat belt it would have been my head.

Sure you can say one in a million but so what, I should be able to make my own decision, fortunately I have a medical exemption for not wearing one.
If some of this metal hardware gets damaged by the belt in even a minor accident I could bleed to death internally.

Laws like this are just another nanny State cash grab by people who think they know what's better for you than you do and by God they are going to pass laws to prove it.
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#3212034 - 12/10/13 08:14 AM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: Trav]
supton Offline


Registered: 11/09/08
Posts: 5053
Loc: NH
Originally Posted By: Trav
Laws like this are just another nanny State cash grab by people who think they know what's better for you than you do and by God they are going to pass laws to prove it.


While I agree with the sentiment it took an act of Congress to put seatbelts into cars--the auto makers cried about how it'd bankrupt them. It took years before people started accepting seatbelts: it's nice to believe that one would not let their opinions be swayed by others, but we know how pervasive peer pressure is. If "no one" wears their seatbelt would you? [Not aimed at you Trav, a question for the general audience.] If you automatically answer yes, try to think about how many loved ones would make that same decision, then think about those who can't make that decision (underaged persons).
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#3212315 - 12/10/13 12:46 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 12523
Loc: Silicon Valley
One time I was in a hurry to get somewhere (across the street to get parking before some deadline). My wife had a bad habit of not wearing seat belt for short distance and I had to do an emergency stop, the stop is enough to get her body up the seat and her head almost into the windshield.

Since that day she know that wearing seat belt is important even if you are just driving a short distance.
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#3212381 - 12/10/13 01:51 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
rjundi Offline


Registered: 03/16/04
Posts: 6431
Loc: New England
I live in a state without any seatbelt or helmet laws. I am thankful though they require both for 19 and under as kids should be protected from parents stupidity or their own lack of driving skill.

Interestingly enough there is a helmet law for toddler up riding bicycles, scooters etc in my state.
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#3212392 - 12/10/13 02:01 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: Trav]
surfstar Offline


Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 4409
Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
Originally Posted By: Trav
I am living proof that not wearing a seat can be a life saver.


Congrats - you're a member of the 1%


Originally Posted By: Trav
Laws like this are just another nanny State cash grab by people who think they know what's better for you than you do and by God they are going to pass laws to prove it.


As inept as politicians/government are, isn't it that much more depressing when they do in fact "know what's better for you than you do"?

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#3212402 - 12/10/13 02:09 PM Re: REMINDER - Wear your Seat-Belt [Re: larryinnewyork]
zzyzzx Offline


Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 1767
Loc: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Friendly reminder that you can be ticked for back set people not wearing a seat belt in some states.

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