Everyone here in the Midwest is complaining about the need for reform in driver’s education to stop the untimely deaths of our teenagers. Here’s my take on the whole thing.
It was a tragedy what happened a couple of years ago in Oswego, Illinois wear 5 teenagers were killed in a vehicle driven by a 23 year old drunk driver. I don’t condone drunk driving by any means. She’ll do time in prison and will have to live with the horror of knowing she was responsible for killing 5 people because she didn’t know when to say when. But here’s the main reason they were killed. No seatbelts. We have no problem as a society teaching our kids to use a cell phone, computer, or a hunting rifle. We teach them how dangerous all these items can be if not used properly. But know one seems to give a crap about teaching them how to buckle their seatbelts.
I have a job where one of my duties is to evaluate the heart of a brain-dead person to see if the heart is usable for a transplant patient. 95% of the time, it’s a teenager or young adult who was an unrestrained driver in a car accident. It not very pleasant being in the room watching the family say goodbye to a loved one who could have been saved by a seatbelt.
Want to make things better? Forget about all these new teenage driver laws and increase the fine for seatbelt neglect.
I know what you’re thinking…
- ” The seatbelt messes up my suit” Well look at it this way, messed up suit vs. being ejected from a car at 50 mph. A wrinkled suit looks better now doesn’t it?
- “Seatbelt laws are just another way of the man keeping us down” Yes, that’s what they’re for, keeping you down and alive. Shut up!!
- “The airbag will save me” no it won’t! If you don’t have a seatbelt on you can suffer serious internal injuries not to mention several cases I’ve seen where the brain-dead person was throw over the airbag and through the windshield. This is not a pretty trip to take, lots of glass and sharp things on the way through a windshield.
- “My Mom and Dad don’t wear seatbelts” Your Mom and Dad are idiots; I’m worried about your gene pool.
- “My seatbelt will trap me in the car if it catches on fire” Wrong. If you don’t have your seatbelt on to start with you’ll be dead anyway. Consider it a free cremation. Much less costly that way.
- “I feel claustrophobic when I wear a seatbelt, it’s too confining” You’ll feel much more claustrophobic in a coffin. As the Eagles said…” Get over it”
- “I like to snuggle with my girlfriend in the front seat” Here’s an idea, park the car, or get a room. You’ll be snuggling a dead body on the street. Those bodies get cold fast, and the relationship is pretty much over at that point.
- “If it’s your time, it’s your time. Why worry about a seatbelt” I wonder how many people crossed over to the other side and were met by God and the first thing he said to them was…” It wasn’t your time, why do you think I helped put seatbelts in cars! Now your room won’t be ready for another 50 years, so you are officially homeless in heaven, Hey! That sound like a country song!” I’m sending it down to Garth Brooks. (Gods voice impersonated) No actual homeless people were harmed in the making of this paragraph.
One more thing. If you don’t have health insurance, you should be forced to wear your seatbelt. I’m tired of paying your medical bills because you weren’t smart enough to wear a seatbelt. It comes out of everyone’s pocket, except yours, because you’ll be brain dead.
It’s always someone else’s fault. It had nothing to do with me making a phone call, drinking my mocha latte, with skim milk (heaven forbid I should have a calorie or two while I’m drinking my coffee), my eyeliner is in need of a touch up, I can’t find my Justin Timberlake CD, my pantyhose are bunching, I needed to set a new ring tone for my phone, blah, blah, blah.
One of the best bumper stickers I’ve seen is “Shut up and Drive” You can also use your turn signal when there isn’t a phone in your hand, what a novel idea, huh!
So, what do you think…I don’t care, put your seat belt on, I’m tired of young people funerals.
Here is my phone number if you need to contact me. 1-800-wear-your-seatbelt