The Daily Comet, Thibodaux, La., on clicking seat belt for life

Sept. 9

The Daily Comet, Thibodaux, La., on clicking seat belt for life:

The numbers alone are staggering.

Six hundred eighty-four people have been killed on Louisiana roads already this year.

More than half — 55 percent of drivers and 56 percent of passengers — were not wearing their seat belts at the time they were killed.

That is hundreds of people in the first two-thirds of this year who could well be alive today if they had only buckled up when they got into the car. ...

That is a powerful statement but one that could save lives if we heed it.

Wearing a seat belt in your car or truck is easy and doesn’t take but a second. Its return of safety, though, can literally be the difference between life and death.

The horribly tragic statistics speak for themselves.

They tell us that far too few of us are buckling up even though we all should know by now the tremendous difference a seat belt can make.

There have been some gains in recent years.

Massive public relations campaigns have increased awareness of laws requiring seat belt use. Legal changes have made it easier for police officers to pull over and ticket those who are not complying with the requirement. And federal grants have paid for patrols and checkpoints aimed primarily at enforcing the seat belt laws.

Those are all good changes, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.

Far too many of us have not gotten the message. We continue to take unnecessary risks with our lives, and those risks translate into the heart-breaking numbers.

When you get in the car — driving or riding — put on your seat belt and insist that everyone else do the same. You could easily be saving your life and the lives of others.

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