My dad just sent me this video and it is so incredible that I have to share it:
I, for one, always wear my seatbelt and am prone to freaking out on my kids if they don't have theirs on. See, I grew up very conscious of the fact that a seatbelt can save your life; it may have been in the days before you were required to wear one, but automobile accidents were very much part of our family folklore. My uncle and his family were all almost killed by a semi-truck that was driven by a man who was high and had fallen asleep. My uncle was in the hospital for ages, all the kids and my aunt were injured, and their little baby girl was actually thrown from the car into a field, still encased in her protective carseat thankfully, but extremely hurt.
Traumatic and seat-belt convincing enough? You betcha.
But even closer to home, my mom was driving very early in the morning one night, homeward bound from her short-lived night-shift chemist job at the milk-processing plant, and came over a hill on the windy road to find another car in her lane. She swerved to avoid being hit, ran off the road, jumped the ditch and fence and flipped the car three times before it came to a rest. Totaled.
And, for the love of all things holy, she had on a seatbelt. And walked away from the crash with only a small cut, from all the broken glass, on her pinky finger.
She said afterwards that she didn't know why she had put on her seatbelt that night, as she didn't wear one all the time, but thankfully she had. Because she would have most certainly been thrown from the car or killed if she hadn't had it on.
I was in third grade at the time and you better believe that that moment has stuck with me.
I was shocked to see a statistic attached to this video (when shown on CNN) that only 48% of American wear their seat belts. So, in true PSA-fashion: Please, please, please, please wear your seatbelt when you drive.