Prolonging the agony...
I was in the lucky 1% that was saved by not wearing a seatbelt when I was 10.
Mother was crossing a highway in winter. She didn't see the Chevy doing 55 mph and he hit us in the passenger door right where I was sitting, unbuckled.
Both of us were thrown out of the drivers side door, and I took the knobs off the radio with my head. We ended up in a ditch, not a scratch (other than the one on my head from the knobs
: ), and I consider myself VERY lucky.
The car was a total loss. The passenger door was punched in over halfway, and had I been strapped in there, I would have been cut in half.
On the other hand, I started wearing a seatbelt when Washington made it a law years ago. I was rear ended at a stoplight once, and was glad to have it on then. I did NOT go through the windshield.
I wear one today. I wear a helmet when I ride a motorcycle, and I just got a helmet for when I ski, too.
But I STILL believe I would not make it a law to have to wear either. Having been in both situations, I think it should be a personal choice.[ December 11, 2003, 05:50 AM: Message edited by: Bonni ]