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Your Questions About For Those Drivers Who Were Not Wearing Safety Belts At The Time Of Their Deaths

May 1, 2013

Daniel asks…

What are some reasons for wearing your seatbelt?

I wear my seatbelt all the time, but i want to know some reasons why to wear it. Rather than just death…

admin answers:

This question was listed under AirCraft, so I will address Ariel usage and car safety…But first i must distress that some of these facts and words may be disturbing…When it comes to life and death…i see it neccassary to put such a warning here…

First in Flying…You may be at an altitude of what 20-30,000 feet, after I think its…8,000 u presserize the cabbin, IF you don’t you may require an O2 mask and well…a VERY warm jacket, it is cold, and can cuz minor wind burns-ironic I know…”burns” form the cold, lol. Also in an Aircraft if a section of the outer hull is breached, it may quickly develop into a tear at such high speeds due to it un-areodynamics…IF that happens…well without a seat belt, I’d imagin you’d be pulled into the subseqent vacum like formation around the area, the air gets sucked out due to diferrence in preeusization, so naturally…other stuff even people can be sucked out, and on the way down you’d better pray for wings….

Second, In a car, averagly in a serious reck…the occupant is unconcious, and can be trown violently around, a seatbelt minmizes the area in which you may go…honestly I put Seat belt survival odds at 50/50…I just do, in any case, I wear mine because that 50/50 will sound better after this…imagine you are in a reck, and you do not wear a seatbelt, so u are thrown to saftey…
Secondly, imagine you in the same wreck, but you are secured in the car…

In the first simulation u will hit the ground, I’ll speculate later the results…
In the Second you may get knocked unconciuos, but in this senario, you are in a 2000 pound vehicle…imagine seeing you car after a wreck, and IF you wonder what the damage would be to your 100-300 pounds or human flesh and bodily oragns…
Well something far less strucuarly sound than steal and/or perhaps even fiber glass in modern cars, I like the steel so I drive older models, lol, but i would imagine that in the first senario, that you must endure the same thing as your car…sounds reasonable.

ALSo…the third…you are ill-secured and roll around inside the car, you are then hitting an object hitting another object, and theorectically, the speed something hitts something at is added, if you hit a brick wall at 60, you might as well hit it at 120, for that is the supposed force you’d thus feel.

And seriously, I DO wear my seatbelt, I forget my drivers permit, but never my seatbelt…and well ANYTHING can happen, even if you decide to buckle up, you may die or live, If you choose not to, you may die or live, in a wreck, who knows…But seriously, in a wolrd or situation where naything can happen…what have you got to loose…? Over 10,000 people die on state high ways and roads every year, so driving can technically be considered risky…don’t let my words think for you though, I did warn you in the beggining.

Thomas asks…

Do you think that the carnage on our highways is caused by greedy irresponsible car companies?

There has been 12 fatalies in Toronto highways this past weekend, most of which are caused by reckless driving, excessive speed, unsafe lane change etc. I noticed in the past year people are becoming more and more insane in their driving. Cutting off other cars and big rigs and going at close to double the speed limit. On one hand the police are trying hard to send the message that aggressive driving is unacceptable, while auto makers are selling cars using power and speed as the key selling point. The average sport car has more than 250+ horsepower with some high end ones having more than 300 to 400 horsepower. Is this really needed? And people who buy these cars, do you believe they are not going drive fast. The problems comes when egos meet as drivers who spent $ on their cars refuse to be topped by someone else and you have an instant street race. These auto makers are acting like arms dealer who sell machines of death just so they can maximize their profits.

admin answers:

While it seems your mind is already made up…maybe I can shed some light on the big picture, as you’re only seeing what you want.

You seem to have the liberal mindset that the Person doesn’t need to take responsibilty as they are the “victim” of Corporate “greed”. Try to look at all the details, not just the ones that support your theory:

Of the 12 Fatalities…how many were not wearing seat belts?

How many were using Cell Phones or other distractions?

How many failed to check mirrors or look to see where other cars were?

How many were under the influence of Drugs or Alcohol?

The real problem here is education and respect (both lack there of). I don’t know about Canada, but here in America, any fool who can read at a 5th grade level can get a DL. Behind-The-Wheel training in high school is very lack luster…they don’t teach car control is emergency situations only 10&2, Speed limit, and Eyes Up. When I was sent off to get my DL, I still felt unsure, but I got the license. It wasn’t until after my first skid in the rain that I knew I was still unprepaired. I took it upon myself to get better….working with experienced drivers, research, and a little “testing” on my own. 12 years later, I still take the time to learn dynamics of advanced driving…I’m much better then the average yahoo, but I wouldn’t call myself perfect. I respect the Car, its power, its capabilities, how it can turn on you in a deadly way. The majority of drivers don’t.

Look at Germany, home of the Autobahn. A road with (at certain points) no speed limits. Yet it has one of the best safety records in the world. Difference? Driver Education and Respect for the Car.

Also, lets take a quick history lesson. In the mid-70′s, during the gas crisis. Unleaded Fuels were mandated and power levels dropped dramaticly. The 300-400 hp muscle cars struggled to make 200hp with the new fuel and catalytic converters. Guess what…highway deaths didn’t decrease! Infact they still rose! Why? The number of poorly educated drivers rose…as it still raises today.

Ruth asks…

what do you think about a state seat belt law?

people in regular vehicles (car. truck, etc.) are required to wear seatbelts, however state police and others do not have to wear them. the one think that i am conserned about is that i have to wear my seatbelt and receive a 50-100 dollar fine if caught without it, yet our children travel to and from scool every day mon-fri and busses are not required to have nor are they equiped with seatbelts to protect our childen. what do you think about it.

admin answers:

Well for starters, I think the seat belt law is a uneeded law anyway. It’s just another example of the goverment determining what they think is best and raking in revenue for those who do not comply. Yes, I think seat belts are a good idea in cars and trucks. Yes, I have always worn mine and asked passengers to do the same. No, I didn’t need a law to reach that decision on my own.

As far as a school bus, the issue isn’t as simple at all. Consider the following…

Neither lap nor lap-and-shoulder belts on a bus provide the same type of protection offered in a car. During a head-on collision, the most common type for belts, lap belts, increase the risk of injury. On impact, this type of restraint allows a passenger’s head to jerk forward, risking severe head and neck injury. Lap and shoulder belts would require the installation of stiffer seats. These seats could become a source of impact injury. Studies also showed that children slip downwards when restrained by lap and shoulder belts, risking injury to vulnerable internal organs.

In 1999, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) examined the effect of seat belt installation in buses. They came to the conclusion that seat belts actually would result in head injuries and fatalities. In fact, the NTSB found a relationship between most injuries/deaths and the seating position of the passenger. In these cases, the presence of seat belts would change nothing.

While there is no evidence proving that seat belts on buses save lives, there is reason to worry they may cause harm. During an emergency, seat belts could hinder young children from quickly exiting the bus; they simply could not free themselves. Drivers would be hard pressed to monitor belt usage for every student. And the heavy buckles could be used as weapons.

Studies by federal agencies, including the NTSB, have shown bus construction provides greater safety than seat belts ever could. Comparing the design of a school bus to a car is like comparing apples to oranges. Where belts protect passengers during car collisions, their presence may cause severe injuries on a bus. Seatbelts are only required on small buses weighing less than 10,000 pounds because their design more closely resembles a car. It is ironic, but the reality is that seat belts have no place on a school bus.

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