It is alarming to read in the newspaper and hear on the news of the number of individuals killed in motor vehicle accidents who are not wearing seat belts. A great number of these fatalities could have been avoided if the occupants would have taken just a few seconds to buckle up.
It is a sad state of affairs that driver’s education is no longer offered in the public schools. When I was teaching safety education, the first thing I instructed the driver to do was to adjust the seat and the mirror, buckle up and then start the engine.
I’m sure that you’ve heard the excuses that many of the drivers give for not buckling up: I’m only going a short distance; I’ve never had an accident.
I would remind these drivers of the man who fell from the top of the Empire State Building: Each floor he passed, he would shout, “I’m OK so far.” Need I say more?