As a member of the family, I can only say how much I appreciate all of the
comments, including the cautionary comments that would require teens to have
more drivers training of any sort.....those who keep such comments to limited
groups are not able to pass on the life experiences that may in turn help
others. As a single parent of 5 children I can assure you that my 5 children
often take me to task if I do not immediately belt up in their vehicles and I am
the parent who had to teach all of them to drive.....as in every case concerning
the law and/or health issues some are valiant, and others not as much.....it
appears the issue of belted or not is still undetermined. Please keep those you
love close and those who you are far from.... please make an effort to surround
yourself with a relationship with them, for you never know what may come soon in
your life. Our hearts go out to the other two passengers and their families....
Alison, I beg to differ. There was nothing unkind in my postings. I just hope
that using an article like this one will help draw attention to the fact that
none of us are immune and all of us need to use those belts.I have
been the one who has had to deliver that kind of news to families. I think it
is a kindness to other families and hope that my warning just might prevent
someone else from having to experience that terrible knock on the door.
I was just at the University Hospital waiting to see my father in the ICU after
heart surgery. Many friends of these young people were there to support each
other and lift each other. I am so sorry for the pain you are feeling. The
concern and love was palpable.
Be mindful of three families who have lost so much. The reports they received
from UHP assured them that the kids were in fact belted. Bizarre things happen
in these instant, life-changing events. Regardless, your sage wisdom is best
shared at home with the ones you love, rather than publically where your degrees
of separation from this tragedy preclude genuine compassion, leaving only
unfounded judgments in their wake. Your well-intended advice only adds insult
to injury. Share it where it will help--with your most beloved people in the
sanctuary of your home. Save this particular forum for kindness, please.
Vince, as one who responded to more TA's than I care to remember, that is
something that should be taught to ALL drivers regardless of age. In my time,
I'm certain I saw no age pattern in accidents like these.
Driver Education is a "lick and a promise". Parents need to be more
involved and seek additional information if needed. This appears to be an
overcorrection rollover, which kills many young drivers on rural roads,
especially. The dynamic of these should be fully understood by teen drivers
before it happens to them.
I wish there was some way to require all young drivers to spend a month or two
riding with a very busy ambulance or rescue squad.
A sad day for many family and extended family members. Condolences to them.To teens: ALWAYS wear a seat belt.........always!To
everyone else: ALWAYS wear a seat belt.......always!