This post has been sat pending for a short while. I have been prompted to post it up by my Twitter pal Dave.
When I was a kid these were rarely worn by anyone. Kids went in the back of cars and bounced around all over the place. Over the years the legislation has been tightened up considerably. I don’t know about you but I feel almost naked if I don’t have my seatbelt on when I’m in a car.
Having dealt first hand with the consequences of people who haven’t been wearing their seatbelts I cannot stress too much to anyone how important it is to wear one. The trouble most people seem to have is a belief that accidents do not happen to them. They happen to other people. There is also that built in “laziness” factor. The excuse that the journey is just around the corner and “what’s going to happen in that distance”. I remember the Jimmy Saville advert years ago… “Clunk. Click. On every trip” This is as true today as it was then.
People seem to be inherently lazy. This is even more apparent where children are concerned. I live in a very small village and I’m absolutely appalled at the amount of local drivers who drive with children who are not strapped in. It’s utterly disgraceful but it’s not isolated to my village. Take a close look next time you walk to school or through your town or city.
Most folk believe that the most important thing they have is their children. So why is it that so many parents drive to school safely fastened in whilst their children bounce around the back seat, hang out of windows or stand up between the front seats? A recipe for disaster. Maybe only when their child has gone flying past them, through the windscreen and down the road will they start to realise the importance of such a simple piece of equipment. But by then it’s too late. Of course the secondary factor in such a situation is the weight of an airborne child. The child bashes you on the head as it flys past you on a journey to horrific injuries or death. The impact is like a lump hammer and could kill you too! Open your eyes drivers and realise the importance of driving safely and ensuring all your children are buckled up.
Take a look at this video… it’s not gory… it’s actually beautifully made and although based on an adult without a belt it does bring home the point. There is more to life than rushing from one place to another and forgetting about the important things.
The comparison between this and Jimmy Saville is stark but the message remains the same. 40 years of shouting this message and it still hasn’t got through to some people?