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Save a life this Holiday Weekend

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For today’s post, I’m focusing the use of, or rather the non-use of seat belts because it our national Memorial Day. I think that it’s very apropos.

A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 68% of teens killed in car accidents at night, were not wearing their seat belts.

How is this possible? Or rather, why?

To help spread the message about seat belts, the NHTSA is launching the annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign--which will focus on nighttime belt use when the odds of being killed in a motor vehicle crash are three times greater.

The campaign runs from May 19 to June 1.

Nighttime seat belt use is often much lower than the nationwide average of 82 percent daytime belt use, according to NHTSA research. The consequences of not buckling up are even more tragic among young passenger vehicle occupants. Of the 2,926 16- to 20-year-old passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2006, 68% were unrestrained. During the daytime 57% of the 16- to 20-year-old occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.

No percentage is unacceptable, realistically.

I started wearing a seat belt before it became law.

From the moment my kids were born, they had to be strapped into a child safety seat. My line of reasoning was that if I’m in a car accident, and I die, but my child will live, that’s stupid.

From that that point forward, I’ve worn a seat belt.

My children grew up in car seats, although they all drive now.

There is probably not a worse call for a parent to get then to hear from or about your kids being in a car accident.

When my oldest daughter was in her first month of her freshman year at college, she was in a car accident. Her friend called me from her cell phone to tell me this devastating news.

I immediately rushed to my car and headed for the Emergency Room that the ambulance was taking her to. After I arrived, at first, she couldn’t remember much about herself, and she had index cards lying literally on her lap telling her why she was in the hospital and what had happened.

Thankfully, as the night progressed, her memory became clearer, and by morning, she was okay and so were all of the other kids in the car. I’ve never been so scared in my life.

BTW, she was wearing her seatbelt. Nothing can prevent accidents from happening, but wearing a seatbelt will increase your chances of survival by 46%.

So for this Memorial Holiday weekend always, Buckle Up, and you can hopefully save a life, because

After all, it’s about a healthy lifestyle!

© Iowa Avenue

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