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WARNING! Accident Approaching!

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On: Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 5:31PM | By: Karen Cook

WARNING! Accident Approaching!

Apparently, there is an old controversy resurfacing over seat belts. Do you wear yours? If not, why not? In Florida it’s the law. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle unless all passengers in the front seat buckled up. A violation will cost you $30. In addition, all children under 18 must wear a belt regardless of where they are sitting, or be restrained in a car seat. Ignoring this one is worth $60.

We all know we should wear a seat belt. My oldest son learned this lesson early. He was four and we were heading home at the end of the day. He was seated in the back behind me, the driver. I told him to put on his seat belt and he said he didn’t need to. I asked what he would do if we were in a crash, to which he responded that he would hold on. So, I changed the subject and we continued on for a minute or two, at which point I hit the breaks and felt him slam into the back of my seat. No, we weren’t going very fast and of course he wasn’t hurt, but it did shock him. The rest of our exchange went as follows:

Him: “Mom! Why did you do that!?!?” (He was absolutely livid.)

Me: “Why didn’t you hold on?”

Him: “I didn’t know you were going to do it.”

Me: “You won’t know we’re going to crash either.”

Conversation ends with a “click” from the backseat. I’ve never had a problem since.

If a four-year-old can understand why to wear a seat belt, why is it so hard for adults? The controvery is over having ignition interlocks on new cars which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering. The last time this issue was a concern was back in the 70s when the NHTSA made it a regulation and drivers made it clear they would not tolerate such a thing. Why? It’s a shame that a rule must be made to force people to do what they know they should do anyway. It’s already a law in every state except New Hampshire, so why all the hubbub over ignition interlocks? It does nothing but support the laws which are already on the books with no public outcry.

Maybe there could be an opt-out button on your dash and you could just tell your car that you will hold on if you have an accident.


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