Do you wear a seat belt? - page 3

I know we sometimes feel like we need one at work, but I am talking about when you are in your (or someone else's) car? I was astounded years ago when I worked Trauma to discover that the Director... Read More

  1. by   dianthe1013
    Someone mentioned joking about wearing a seat belt while moving a car while in the driveway... I actually do it! Buckling up whenever I get in my car is such a habit that I do it without thinking, like locking the doors when I exit the car. And I never let anyone ride with me who isn't belted.

    I have to say that I used to be pretty careless when it came to buckling up while riding as a passenger myself, but my boyfriend has broken me of that. He refuses to put his truck in gear unless I'm buckled in.

    Here in Alabama, law enforcement has recently begun participating in the "Click It Or Ticket" safety campaign, complete with random roadblock checks. If you're not wearing your seatbelt, it's a standard moving violation - which, around these parts, is between $96 and $125, depending on who nabs you.

    Donna
  2. by   micro
    seat belt laws and helmet laws are in the same chapter of the book to me.........

    i only can harm myself if i do not wear a seat belt and/or do not wear a helmet

    laws where i can harm another.....these laws i understand.....

    but then again, i don't unstand' much........
  3. by   nurs4kids
    totally agree with you, micro..

    however, I usually wear a seatbelt...unless I'm a passenger..
    my kids are ALWAYS PROPERLY restrained (it's not enough to just put them in a carseat; it must be PROPERLY installed..i'm finatical about my kids and carseats)

    my dad, who hates the helmet law always says the same as you...."...never heard of an innocent person injured because someone was unhelmeted..."

    i figure if an adult is ignorant enough to not wear a helmet or seat belt, then that's our right to ignorance...kids have yet to earn these rights
    Last edit by nurs4kids on May 30, '02
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I really really really really try to do it all the time. But for some reason I got a little lazy in the past year, and now I find myself having to get back into the habit.

    My kid is always restrained though. In fact, it's when I tell him to buckle up that he usually reminds me to.

    Heather
  5. by   nursejws
    Texas has started the "Click It or Ticket" program too. As a driver, I always wear my seatbelt, and I'm getting better wearing one as a passenger. Any backseat seat belt wearers?!?!?!?!
  6. by   aimeee
    Always. And always have.
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    I will wear one if the kids are in the truck and tell me to "buckle up", but if I'm alone and the traffic isn't bad I usually don't use them.
    My kids always have to buckle up- unless they are riding in the back of the truck (no belts back there).
    If we are in the city I don't let them ride in back and they are in front strapped in.
    -Russell
  8. by   NurseDennie
    I'm on the "always!" side, myself. We have "click it or ticket" in Tennessee as well.

    I'm really old and I remember when cars didn't come with seat belts! My father always ordered our cars WITH them. When I was a pre-teen, it was embarassing to have those things that nobody else had. But I got over it really quickly!

    My kids are also always belted in. I've never understood people who give in to their kids who don't "like" to be in car seats, car seats, etc., in the car. So what? If you want to go somewhere with me, you wear a seatbelt. Messing with the seatbelt in the car is a pants-down spanking offense (the ULTIMATE - totally reserved for them doing something that's life-threatening). Of course, my kids are 23 and 18 now, and just as insistant about the seat belts as I am!

    Love

    Dennie
  9. by   boggle
    Seatbelt law and Helmet law are two different issues. Not wearing a helmet may not hurt anyone else, (except your grieving family), BUT not wearing a seatbelt CAN hurt others.

    If you are secured in the driver seat, you have a better chance of maintaining control of the car AFTER an accident, thus not ramming into other cars, people, and not to mention other large solid objects.

    Example: Got hit broadside. The impact was forceful enough to break 3/4 of the connection holding my seat to the floor, (imagine a tippy rocking chair), BUT the seatbelt kept me in my seat, and the seat in place enough that I could steer and brake. I was able to steer away from LARGE objects, like the car on my other side. (but did nail a speed limit sign!!)

    Walked away from it, and didn't take anyone else out with me!

    My philosophy: nothing is absolutely, positively safe, but why not stack the deck in your favor? Make the best choices you can, based on the best information available!!

    Keep it safe out there everybody!
  10. by   Sleepyeyes
    ALWAYS wear one, kids do too. Now, can someone explain to me why school busses do not have them????? DO NOT understand that one . . .

    Years ago, I asked that and the response was that the kids would take off the belts and hit each other with them or vandalize them in some way, making them useless and the investment worthless.

    I always buckle up and when I posted the thread "Please pray for my daughter Karen" posted in Off-Topic, March 19, I was thanking God that I was so insistent about my kids wearing seatbelts; the message took, and it saved her life. One of these days, I'll post a picture of the car---Mercury Tracer 2D vs Dodge Dakota truck.


    She'll be able to start walking without the walker next month, by the way.
  11. by   SKM-NURSIEPOOH
    ...didn't always wear one though . growing-up in philly most of my life, i noticed that city folks tend not to buckle-up because they're going on "short" errands or trips .

    since moving to & living here in south jersey from dec '1988, i always had to buckle-up. i'd mainly started as a deterrent from obtaining tickets in this highly regulated state, but since having been involved in a few major accidents, one in may '1992 as a passenger (& ended-up with a three-day hospital stay), & the other in nov '2001 as the driver, i know first hand just how important wearing seat belts are....even though they can be a little
    annoying at times...it's just doesn't feel right to drive or ride in a vehicle without a seat belt anymore...i rather like that snuggled feeling that i get from the shoulder harness. ironically, both accidents occurred in philly...on regular side streets...& was struck by other vehicles either head on or broad sided from speeds varying from 40 to 55 mph (yes on side streets)...none of which were highway accidents though...thank god!!! and my mom use to talk about jersey drivers...geeeezzzzz...i think my philly folks are crazier than my jersey folks drivers. i've personally seen people traveling on the highways in philly at speeds that exceed 90 mph...the speed limit on the city highways is only 50 mph!!! i never see anyone pulled over for speeding & reckless driving (dodging in & out of the lines) the way they do & getting away with it. you see, there's no pa state troopers patrolling the city highways...it's supposed to be done by philly police, but they're very busy patrolling the streets for crime.

    one thing i noticed about us jersey drivers is that we are regulated to death in this state, but we sure as hell love to drive fast on our highways...everyone's a speed racer or cpt james t. kirk traveling at warp factor #9 or something...lol !!! the average speed limit on our highway is either 55 or 65 mph...folks get away with doing anywhere between 70 to 80 mph before they're pulled over for speeding....ah but don't get caught in one of those sting operations where the nj state troopers or local police set-up those "traps" for vehicle registration, insurance, seat belt checks & alcohol test. get caught & you'll be paying the piper out the yyyyaaaazzzzoooo for sure!!!
  12. by   gauge14iv
    ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS

    Seatbelts have saved my life TWICE! A head on collision at apx 80mph of combined speed with a drunk driver is NO time to find out whether a seat belt is worth wearing or not - Since I am sitting here typing, I am proof positive that it is is!

    They had to cut me out of the car, and the crash was so violent that it was the seatbelt that broke my pelvis and ribs, but I shudder to think what I would be if I hadn't had it on.
  13. by   fergus51
    I think the laws are justified because if you don't wear a seatbelt I have to pay for your medical care!!! Not the same in the US, but as long as we have universal healthcare here, I say people better buckle up!

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