Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wear Your Seatbelts! The Life You Save May Be Your Own

Driving is dangerous. In the past two days, there have been three fatalities on I-66 in or near Arlington.

All three fatalities were the innocent victims of someone else's moronic driving. (Two women were killed when an intoxicated teenage driver hit their car head-on after driving the wrong way on I-66; another woman died when her car tried to dodge a mattress that had fallen into the roadway from another vehicle.)

We can't emphasize how important it is to wear seatbelts at all times because accidents like these can never be predicted.

In the most recent accident, one of the fatalities might have been avoided with seat belt use. The Washington Post report says it all:

"[The driver of an Isuzu Rodeo] ran off the road into a box truck that had swerved to miss the mattress, hit a guardrail and flipped over. [The driver], who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle, which came to rest in the woods."

"A passenger in the Isuzu . . . was wearing a seat belt and survived. He was treated for minor injuries at the scene."

Need we say more!

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