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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Seatbelts everyone!

Please wear your seatbelt when you are in the car. Even when you are in the back seat.

Two people. Two cars. Same car accident. One was wearing a seatbelt, one was not.

Seatbelt wearer had whiplash. Went home with painkillers.

Non-seatbelt wearer got thrown out of the *side* window, landed in a field 20 metres away. Both her legs were facing the wrong way when she came to the hospital - broken at the thighs - and that was the least of her injuries. She was still alive...mercifully, she never woke up.


Blogger ketsugi said...

Thanks to over a decade of "mandatory seatbelt use" laws in Singapore, I now feel distinctly uncomfortable when I'm sitting in a car and I don't have a seatbelt on. Something just feels wrong about it until I get that belt on.

11:59 pm  
Blogger tscd said...

ketsugi: I somehow feel more comfortable with those across the shoulder belts rather than lap belts. I wonder if there's a difference.

12:17 am  
Blogger IML said...

You are absolutely right. I was involved in an accident recently. Seat belted, I only had a bad whiplash and very shaken.

8:46 am  
Blogger Tym said...

Yeah, I second what ketsugi said. It's also one of the few laws I completely agree with. It makes me so angry now when I see parents who don't belt up their kids!

11:39 am  
Blogger angry doc said...

The lap belts are more dangerous. If you have them across your abdomen instead of your bony pelvis, you will just cause blunt trauma to your viscera.

2:17 pm  
Blogger w. said...

Agree with ketsugi and tym! This is one of those things that actually made sense for the government to be nazi-ish about.

It's quite strange, the other day I was sitting on the internal shuttle bus in school and I reached for a seatbelt, only to realise that there was none. heh.

8:09 pm  
Blogger tscd said...

life story: Congratulations. You are a fortunate person. It's amazing what health and safety laws can do, huh?

tym: Yeah! I also hate it when people with kids in prams try and jaywalk.

angry doc: I was told once that wearing a lap belt won't prevent someone from being thrown out of a vehicle.

w: Yup. That and the immunisation regime for children and the no littering rule.

9:00 pm  
Blogger budak said...

I know a guy who had the lap belt tear into his abdomen after a crash - nasty...

9:16 pm  
Blogger w. said...

YES. Hooray for the no littering rule. :)

Still kinda sore about how totalitarian they're being about smoking and "alternative lifestyles (read: sexuality)" though......

But nevermind that.

8:38 pm  
Blogger tscd said...

budak: Wow. Right into his abdomen? Well, at least he didn't shoot through his windscreen!

w: Actually, I like the no-smoking rules. If people choose to smoke, they should do so in isolation so as to avoid putting other people at risk. I think the government is actively trying to discourage smoking which is a great thing - one way of doing it is making it into an antisocial activity.

It's the gum-chewing rule that I don't understand.

10:07 pm  

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