I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: Sep 1999
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I amazes me why people don't like to wear seat belts.....
A little fact...we average over 42,000 auto accident deaths in the US each year....
Of those 42,000, about 60% were not wearing seatbelts. It is estimated that if everyoen wore seatbelts, it would save at least 15-20K lives...and reduce serious enjury by over 50%......and save the us a whole lot more money that what we are spending in Iraq....
Just think of how many attorneys you could put out of business.
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While I'm all for less attorneys, this crap steams me. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] Are we really targeting the increased medical costs because people get hurt when they're not wearing a seat belt???
If it's money we're looking at saving, then let's get people to stop eating at McDonald's 7 days a week, and have America lose weight. All of the health issues that are attributable to overweight people surely make up a huge amount of the overall health issues of our country.
I'm not against wearing a seatbelt, though I don't always wear it, but I am against having a LAW that says I have to. What's next -- is there going to be a law that says I can't have a cheeseburger and fries, because it's bad for me, and causes me to go to the hospital at 50 for balloon angioplasty? Think about it.
I'd love to see the cost figures on that -- high cholesterol, drugs, doctor visits, balloon angioplasty, etc., vs non-seatbelt accidents. I know a guy - 30 years old, 75 pounds too heavy, on high bloodpressure medication. All covered by his insurance. Great. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]