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2013-11-13 12:43:00 PM  
i182.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-13 12:46:36 PM  
Come to New Hampshire - Live Free or Fly Out the Window When the Masshole Tailgating you Rear Ends You!
 
2013-11-13 01:07:43 PM  
i105.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-13 01:14:54 PM  
The freedoms and liberties enshrined here are breathtaking.
 
2013-11-13 01:16:00 PM  
We're moving through the Looking Glass here people.

//Or windshield or something like that.
 
2013-11-13 01:18:30 PM  
Repeal all the seat belt laws.  This will be a job boom to the EMT community which will in turn help the economy.
 
2013-11-13 01:19:19 PM  
Almost every time I see a report about a fatal car crash, I see the words "was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collusion."

/why why WHY can't people figure it out?
 
2013-11-13 01:20:44 PM  
With Isiah Willis at the wheel, the family's car ran off the left side of the highway, state police said. The driver overcorrected, police said, and ran off the right side of the highway, striking a tree.

I have no words.
 
2013-11-13 01:22:44 PM  

LoneWolf343: Almost every time I see a report about a fatal car crash, I see the words "was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collusion."

/why why WHY can't people figure it out?


It's a conspiracy!
 
2013-11-13 01:22:55 PM  
Seatbelts should not be mandatory. That said, I always wear mine.
 
2013-11-13 01:23:15 PM  
Wow, that was bad journalism.

A 69-year-old man, his daughter and his grandson, all District residents, were killed in a car crash over the weekend as they returned from a funeral.

Thomas Willis, his daughter, Cindy, 47, and his grandson Isiah, 21, died in the crash on Interstate 95 on Saturday, the Virginia State Police said.


So far, so good.

They were coming from Andrews, S.C., where a funeral had been held for Thomas Willis's brother Jacob, said Willie Willis, another brother.

Jacob died Oct. 31, and his funeral was held Nov. 5. He was the survivor of twins. They had been named for figures in the Old Testament. Jacob's twin had been named Esau, Willie Willis said.


Wait, why the hell am I hearing about the funeral for some guy who died two weeks ago? What about the friggin' crash that killed the three people mentioned in the lede?

On Saturday, the three D.C. residents left Andrews at 7:30 a.m. to return to Washington.

Thomas Willis told his brother that he would phone him from the District when he got back.


Jesus, who the hell cares about what the guy told his brother? We're 6 paragraphs into the story and we still don't know anything about the goddamn crash!

According to the Virginia State Police, the crash occurred about 1 p.m. about 25 miles south of Richmond.

With Isiah Willis at the wheel, the family's car ran off the left side of the highway, state police said. The driver overcorrected, police said, and ran off the right side of the highway, striking a tree.

No one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt, the police said.


Farking finally. Both the reporter intern who wrote this story and the editor who allowed it into print need a boot to the head.
 
2013-11-13 01:23:49 PM  

sgleason818: LoneWolf343: Almost every time I see a report about a fatal car crash, I see the words "was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collusion."

/why why WHY can't people figure it out?

It's a conspiracy!


Oh, derp.
 
2013-11-13 01:24:37 PM  
What's the BFD about seat belts ? When they implemented the law here I thought it would be a pain in the butt. But now it's automatic and not even a second thought when I get in the car.
 
2013-11-13 01:26:15 PM  
userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2013-11-13 01:27:46 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Seatbelts should not be mandatory. That said, I always wear mine.


They aren't mandatory. You can pay a fine and are otherwise play fast and loose with your life all you want.
 
2013-11-13 01:27:59 PM  
They were on their way back from a funeral...

My truck biatches at me if I don't put my seat belt on, and if there's more than 30 pounds in the passenger seat it biatches. Also, I bet the over correction was partly caused by the driver sliding around unbelted after the first bump.
 
2013-11-13 01:28:16 PM  
And absolutely nothing of value was lost.
 
2013-11-13 01:29:25 PM  

Sneakernets: With Isiah Willis at the wheel, the family's car ran off the left side of the highway, state police said. The driver overcorrected, police said, and ran off the right side of the highway, striking a tree.

I have no words.


I have one: WHEEEEEEEE!
 
2013-11-13 01:29:34 PM  
Everyone wants to go out like Princess Diana.
 
2013-11-13 01:30:20 PM  
I don't know about anyone else. but I don't drive anywhere unless everyone is belted in. Hell, I'll belt down my cat carrier when I'm taking the cat somewhere.

unsecured objects in a vehicle are dangerous projectiles in an accident. I don't want to die because your body snapped my neck while rag-dolling around in the back seats before being ejected out the windshield.
 
2013-11-13 01:32:34 PM  
I LIKE seat belts.   They hold me secure in a moving vehicle.  I still remember, as a child, sliding all over the bench seats when the huge cars would make a turn.  Now, I'm buckled in, secure in my bucket seat, and I know that I will remain in place as I control my vehicle,and that's not even taking into account the increased protection in a crash.  What's not to like?
 
2013-11-13 01:34:13 PM  
And this is the reason why I made my kids deliberately drive off the road when they were learning to drive.  Every time I read about someone overcorrecting, it's a young driver.  Practice defensive driving, people.  That, and lock the electronics in the glove box to prevent distractions, at least until you are able to prioritize your concentration levels.

I think this family has the Darwin award sewn up for this year.
 
2013-11-13 01:34:34 PM  
Darwinning!

/hat-trick
 
2013-11-13 01:35:56 PM  

This Face Left Blank: What's not to like?


There are some people who never grew out of that "you can't tell me what to do!" phase as children.
 
2013-11-13 01:36:40 PM  
To The Escape Zeppelin!: Seatbelts should not be mandatory. That said, I always wear mine.

Lockers: They aren't mandatory. You can pay a fine and are otherwise play fast and loose with your life all you want.



Aren't they mandated by law?
 
2013-11-13 01:46:20 PM  

Hoblit: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Seatbelts should not be mandatory. That said, I always wear mine.

Lockers: They aren't mandatory. You can pay a fine and are otherwise play fast and loose with your life all you want.

Aren't they mandated by law?


If your state get's federal highway money than they have laws against (don't bother checking, it does) My point is that they aren't going to haul your ass into jail, won't make you clean up the side of the road or anything else meaningful to stop you from killing yourself. It's the kind of mandatory that isn't going to really inconvenience you if you have such a hard on to do needless risky things.
 
2013-11-13 01:46:45 PM  
Sometimes I don't even remember putting my seatbelt on and check it. That's how automatic it is for me. I don't understand why so many people refuse to wear them.
 
2013-11-13 01:46:59 PM  

LoneWolf343: Almost every time I see a report about a fatal car crash, I see the words "was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collusion."

/why why WHY can't people figure it out?


A few weeks back, somebody linked a video of an old Bel Air crashing head-on into a modern mid-size Chevy. You get to see the benefits of modern restraint systems, as well as just how useful crumple zones are.

I put my seat belt on if I'm going down the block, but that really cemented it home. It also convinced me to never get in a classic car for anything faster than a parade.
 
2013-11-13 01:47:23 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Seatbelts should not be mandatory. That said, I always wear mine.


Being able to drive shouldn't be mandatory.

Wearing a seatbelt should be a condition of being able to drive.
 
2013-11-13 01:47:46 PM  

LoneWolf343: Almost every time I see a report about a fatal car crash, I see the words "was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collusion."

/why why WHY can't people figure it out?


I'll bet they all knew a guy in high school who was thrown free of a terrible flaming wreck they otherwise would not have survived.

/knew a guy in high school who was thrown free, into a telephone pole
 
2013-11-13 01:48:29 PM  
Seatbelts are a liberal conspiracy!
 
2013-11-13 01:49:27 PM  

fluffy2097: unsecured objects in a vehicle are dangerous projectiles in an accident. I don't want to die because your body snapped my neck while rag-dolling around in the back seats before being ejected out the windshield.


This is what I tell my passengers who don't want to buckle up. "You're not killing me with your flying body, buckle up!"
 
2013-11-13 01:50:02 PM  

Sneakernets: With Isiah Willis at the wheel, the family's car ran off the left side of the highway, state police said. The driver overcorrected, police said, and ran off the right side of the highway, striking a tree.

I have no words.


Here's four: did the tree live?
 
2013-11-13 01:50:56 PM  
I only wear seat suspenders.
 
2013-11-13 01:54:01 PM  

This Face Left Blank: I LIKE seat belts.   They hold me secure in a moving vehicle.  I still remember, as a child, sliding all over the bench seats when the huge cars would make a turn.  Now, I'm buckled in, secure in my bucket seat, and I know that I will remain in place as I control my vehicle,and that's not even taking into account the increased protection in a crash.  What's not to like?


Because somewhere at sometime somebody survived a car crash because they were not wearing a seatbelt.  Back in my elementary school days, a teacher told me that she had gotten into a crash in her minivan and survived because she was ejected from the rolling-over minivan before it burst into flames.  Of course, for every "ejection from vehicle saved my life!" story there are likely many, many more "ejection from vehicle crushed me" stories. There are isolated incidents, however, in which being secured to a vehicle isn't good.

/ Reminds me of "my grandma smoked a pack a day and lived to be 95, which means that smoking into bad"-type of arguments
// Who really ignores the majority cases because of the incidence of a small minority outcome?
/// Always wear my seatbelt
 
2013-11-13 02:01:19 PM  

Thunderboy: I'll bet they all knew a guy in high school who was thrown free of a terrible flaming wreck they otherwise would not have survived.

/knew a guy in high school who was thrown free, into a telephone pole


Was his name Kevin? A guy I knew in highschool died later, when he was 23. He was a passenger in a crash, but was ejected. He came to a sudden stop when he got wrapped around the concrete base of a telephone pole/streetlight.
 
2013-11-13 02:03:54 PM  
Well subby, you got two out of three correct. The 69 year old wouldn't be a Boomer.
 
2013-11-13 02:05:59 PM  
My 72 Chevelle had a buzzer reminiscent of Jim Carrey's "most annoying sound in the world" that would go off if the driverside seatbelt wasn't fastened.  I'm not sure what's changed in th intervening 40 years, but how are there still cars on the road that don't have some form of annoyance at least for the driver?
 
2013-11-13 02:10:19 PM  

ToastmasterGeneral: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Seatbelts should not be mandatory. That said, I always wear mine.

Being able to drive shouldn't be mandatory.

Wearing a seatbelt should be a condition of being able to drive.


Why should seatbelts be mandatory? I wear mine 100% of the time but why does it matter to the rest of us if someone else chooses not to?
 
2013-11-13 02:11:16 PM  

bhcompy: I'm not sure what's changed in th intervening 40 years, but how are there still cars on the road that don't have some form of annoyance at least for the driver?


All new cars MUST have an annoyance device. If you're really determined to off yourself in the stupidest of ways they are trivial to disable.
 
2013-11-13 02:15:57 PM  

katerbug72: Sometimes I don't even remember putting my seatbelt on and check it. That's how automatic it is for me. I don't understand why so many people refuse to wear them.


My wife has an uncle who is a very nice and smart man.  He refuses to wear his, however, because it's "mandatory" so he's being rebellious.  I really don't understand the logic of risking your own life to "show the man".
 
2013-11-13 02:17:01 PM  

Cagey B: This Face Left Blank: What's not to like?

There are some people who never grew out of that "you can't tell me what to do!" phase as children.



Well, to be fair, I am not their real dad.
 
2013-11-13 02:18:13 PM  
In NY state it's click it or ticket or tire spikes, can't remember which order.
 
2013-11-13 02:18:43 PM  

cards fan by association: ToastmasterGeneral: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Seatbelts should not be mandatory. That said, I always wear mine.

Being able to drive shouldn't be mandatory.

Wearing a seatbelt should be a condition of being able to drive.

Why should seatbelts be mandatory? I wear mine 100% of the time but why does it matter to the rest of us if someone else chooses not to?



If some idiot slams into the median and ejects himself through the windshield, he might bounce off the hood of my car and leave a dent.
 
2013-11-13 02:27:05 PM  

cards fan by association: ToastmasterGeneral: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Seatbelts should not be mandatory. That said, I always wear mine.

Being able to drive shouldn't be mandatory.

Wearing a seatbelt should be a condition of being able to drive.

Why should seatbelts be mandatory? I wear mine 100% of the time but why does it matter to the rest of us if someone else chooses not to?


because it saves us taxpayers a shiat load of money, since we have to take care of these idiots in the hospital whether they can pay or not.
 
2013-11-13 02:27:17 PM  
Meh, I dislike being pulled over and ticketed more than I dislike seat belts.
 
2013-11-13 02:31:17 PM  
<Insert grumpy cat "Good">
 
2013-11-13 02:35:44 PM  
If someone cuts me off, I unsnap by seatbelt before giving chase. Once that farker pulls over, it's paramount that I can exit my vehicle first and hopefully get a good jump on him.
But otherwise, you'd have to be an idiot not to wear your seatbelt.
 
2013-11-13 02:37:05 PM  
The only time I don't wear a seatbelt is when I drive the 300 yards in our rural area to my mom's house. Otherwise it's always on, I know how New Mexicans drive & I try to be invisible to cops.
 
2013-11-13 02:40:43 PM  

Uchiha_Cycliste: cards fan by association: ToastmasterGeneral: To The Escape Zeppelin!: Seatbelts should not be mandatory. That said, I always wear mine.

Being able to drive shouldn't be mandatory.

Wearing a seatbelt should be a condition of being able to drive.

Why should seatbelts be mandatory? I wear mine 100% of the time but why does it matter to the rest of us if someone else chooses not to?

because it saves us taxpayers a shiat load of money, since we have to take care of these idiots in the hospital whether they can pay or not.


Is that the actual reason or just an assumption? You could say that about a lot of decisions people make.
 
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