Wear Your Seatbelt!



This seat belt commercial, produced in England, has been viewed on YouTube by nearly 16,000,000 people.


I feel strongly about this matter.


Members of my family have been involved in three separate car accidents within the past month and a half.  Two cars were totaled — one belonging to my family, one to someone else — and any of the three accidents could easily have resulted in a fatality or at least major injuries (but, mercifully, did not).


Over the previous several years, my wife and I have been hit by a drunk while stopped for a red light, hit by a semi-truck while waiting for a gaggle of geese to cross a country road in front of us, and so on and so forth.


A young woman that I seriously dated in college was killed when a drunk driver hit her car.  A close friend in our last California ward was killed by a driver who was preoccupied with unwrapping a hamburger and hit her from the side at full speed at an otherwise quiet intersection.


Thanks to my friend Gordon Thomasson for bringing this ad to my attention.



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  • Ginny B

    People should also remember Ralph Nader’s contribution to vehicle safety. His 1965 book Unsafe At Any Speed was in industry game changer. Now if we can just get people to not only not drink and drive but stay off their smart phones while driving. The Rocky Mountain Institute is developing composite auto bodies and crash cone technologies which will someday dramatically reduce driver injury and death.

  • http://mormon.org Tracy Hall Jr

    And ignore that phone call until you can pull over!

    “June 29, 2006 — Three years after the preliminary results first were presented at a scientific meeting and drew wide attention, University of Utah psychologists have published a study showing that motorists who talk on handheld or hands-free cellular phones are as impaired as drunken drivers.”

    “. . . hands-free cell phones are just as distracting as handheld cell phones because the conversation itself – not just manipulation of a handheld phone – distracts drivers from road conditions.”

    “. . . cell phone users were 5.36 times more likely to get in an accident than undistracted drivers.”


    • danpeterson

      I strongly agree.