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Re: rrlund, others - Mail carrier dies

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Brian G. NY

01-03-2013 14:08:45

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Well Billy, there may be some cases where not wearing a seat belt in a serious accident "might" be for the better, but I dare say not in most cases!
My son wrecked his '72 Gran Torino Sport when he was 18 at an estimated speed in excess of 125 MPH.
Over a guard rail, down a 50 ft embankment and upside down on a frozen (thank God) pond.
He broke off the Hurst shifter with his hip which caused him to limp some but other than that, nothing but minor cuts and scratches. He was drinking but, because of the influence of his driver ed teacher, he still had presence of mind enough to fasten his seat belt.
The good thing (he's 50 now) he never ever drank and drove since then!
Just so you know I'm not BSin, check out these pics. Only one wheel was not bent!

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Josh in Pa

01-03-2013 14:41:43

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 Re: rrlund, others - Mail carrier dies in reply to Brian G. NY, 01-03-2013 14:08:45  
When I was 16 I had a serious accident. Blew every window out of the car, buckled the roof down, and the floor up. Tore the front wheels off the car, and the hood came back through the windshield. I was wearing my seat belt and walked away. I am a believer that seat belts save lives.

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Billy Shafer

01-03-2013 14:20:49

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 Re: rrlund, others - Mail carrier dies in reply to Brian G. NY, 01-03-2013 14:08:45  
Brian I am not saying they are of no use. I am sure they do save lives. But just because you have one on. Doesn't mean you are going to walk away from every wreck. Glad your son made it out.Glad he can live to be a grumpy old man like the rest of us.

But some people think they are some kind of magic shield. I went to a friend of mines brothers funeral in 1973. He had built a car that was equal to a NASCAR stocker. Tried to out run the cops one day. Hit a bridge poll at around 150.From what the cop estimated he was doing. At the funeral I heard people say. Don't know why he was killed. He had his seatbelt on.

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