MN Teens Still Not Buckling Up

You know, these kinds of stories make me feel sick. They make me feel like I could throw up. What’s it going to take for us to get our kids to put their seat belts on and KEEP THEM ON???? Two more MN teens die in October from not wearing a seat belt.

Here is the story. It’s short so I’m only copying it and pasting it here.

“The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says teens in the state’s northwest and southern corners aren’t buckling up as much as their peers in other parts of the state.

Mapping done by DPS also found that teen seat belt use in the seven-county metro area is above average, except for in Ramsey and Washington Counties.

DPS mapped problem spots for teen drivers and their teen passengers based on the percentage of belted deaths.

Officials say that historically, teens have the lowest seat belt compliance rate of all age groups.

The department’s study shows that from 2005 through 2009, 201 teenagers between the ages of 13 and 19 were killed while driving or riding as a passenger with a teen driver. Of those killed, only 40 percent wore their seat belts.”

I know we can’t make our kids do what we want them to do when we’re not there but what the heck?? Is this a “do as I say and not as I do” thing? Do you think the kids who don’t wear seat belts have parents that don’t or do you think they feel more grown up NOT doing what their parents tell them to do? Is this pretty much out of our hands?

Do you wear seat belts and do you make every rider in your car wear one?

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15 Responses to MN Teens Still Not Buckling Up

  1. Jenny says:

    I always wear my seatbelt and I yell at people who don’t wear their seatbelts when with me! I don’t understand why people don’t want to wear it. Its not uncomfortable, it just takes on click. Not hard to put on! So buckle up people! Saves lives…

  2. Jason says:

    I always wear my seatbelt, because I know I am setting and example for the eyes in the back seat. Maybe they should make cars like heavy equipment where you have to have your seatbelt on in order to start it. I know some people believe that they should have the freedom to choose, but I say not when you are prepping the future drivers of America

  3. mssc54 says:

    Yes I and my famiyl members always buckle up.

    Here is what I say to first time riders that always makes them remember to buckle up when they are in my vehicle. I look over at them after starting the vehicle and say, “Okay, put on your personal restraining device!”

  4. Nikki says:

    I always wear mine and Bailey is pretty much the only one that rides with me. If I even thought about putting the truck in drive before he gets his seat belt on I am quickly, and sternly reminded to WAIT! Not sure I have ever had a passenger in my vehicle that didn’t put their belt on without me telling them. And I wouldn’t have a problem telling them, if I had to.

    It’s such a simple thing that can save your life, yet there will always be people that think it won’t happen to them. Until maybe it happens to their friend, which is sad. All we can do as parents is to teach our own children the responsibly they have to themselves and the people they have in their own cars, when it comes to that.

  5. Joy says:

    This subject has only come up once and it was Trinity years ago and we were going over to their house to pick something up and she said “it’s only to our house grandma” and I said what if that big buck ran and ran into the car? It doesn’t matter how far we’re going. If the car is moving we buckle up and it was never brought up again. But my darling Jason doesn’t wear one and I worry all the time. I did teach him better and always made him buckle up in our cars. It’s not always what kids were taught. That’s why I find subjects like this so interesting.

    • Nikki says:

      I know it’s not always what kids were taught. I was just saying, it’s all WE can do. Prepare them and hope for the best. Most teenagers, are all about living for the moment, I know I was and thankfully made it out alive. I hate that Jason doesn’t wear his seat belt, but no one can make him no matter what any law says, or what I say. Believe me, I’ve tried!

    • Joy says:

      Nikki when I made my comment yours wasn’t there so we must have been writing at the same time. I never said anything bad towards your comment.

      • Nikki says:

        Oh, I didn’t think it was “bad” towards my comment. I just didn’t want you to think I thought it was all about how you were taught. I also didn’t want you to think I thought Jason wasn’t taught to wear his seat belt. I know better than that. 🙂

  6. Laura says:

    I wonder, are those counties heavy agricultural areas? I know that a lot of people around here don’t buckle up like they should, because they’re so used to the in-and-out of the farm vehicles that they don’t put them on. They’ll buckle if they go somewhere, but around their property, they’re rarely, if ever, buckled, because they’re working.

    So if those kids learn that… that buckling up is only for “certain times”, maybe that’s the problem?

    Or it could just be that the teenagers in that particular area are feeling more invincible than everywhere else.

    Around here, it’s buckle up for everything. Although, I will admit to letting Josh not buckle when (and ONLY when) we drive to the bus stop, which is two houses away….

    • Joy says:

      That could be the case Laura and I’m sure it is but still, the deaths we’ve heard recently on the news haven’t been “work” and it’s so sad. One day last month there were two deaths in the same town two days apart and that poor town fell apart.

      I don’t know. I think we should buckle up no matter where we’re going and that way I think it becomes more of a habit. If sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t, that would mean the kids are getting mixed signals and statistics show most accidents occur close to home rather than while traveling or going a distance.

  7. SKL says:

    It’s been a long time since people got used to seat belts around me. I remember when my kid sister was 4 (that was 1984 and I was 17) and I made it clear the car wasn’t going into gear until her belt was on. And I’ve been that way ever since. My mom, however, used to refuse to wear hers because “it messes my clothes up.” I think she has gotten over that now, at least on freeway drives. More recently, my friends would sometimes be too lazy to buckle on a short drive, and I would recommend but they don’t have to listen to me. However, my kids tell people now, and they listen to that. Nobody wants to give the kids any bad ideas.

    I really don’t understand teens. I know I was one, but I was kinda different, always trying to do the right / sensible thing even if it was uncool. I guess I always saw my life as still being in the early stages, and worth protecting. Then again, I was never drunk or a partier of any sort. So that might be the difference. I wish I had more insight into why a young person would want to leave the seatbelt off, but I honestly can’t think of one good reason.

    • shanef says:

      When I was 17 my friend Nelson had a Eagle Talon. It had automatic seatbelts, when you turn the car over they strapped you in, and he just unhooked them. Then he went to a dealership and asked them if they could disengauge the warning light and dinger. And I just thought “what the hell is wrong with you”

  8. shanef says:

    I always wear my seatbelt ! I don’t even think about it, it’s just automatic for me. And if someone gets in my car and doesn’t buckle up I nag them until they do. The thing about teenagers is rebellion and being cool. Nobody wants to be a dweeb and listen to there parents LOL.

  9. I find it absolutely ridiculous, preposterous and unnecessarily DUMB for people NOT TO WEAR SEATBELTS! I mean, really! How is it that in this day and age, when cars are everywhere and have been for a few decades, when the rate of accidents is forever going up, when there is absolutely NO excuse and NO reason not to wear one… how is it that people still don’t?! Seriously, I haven’t EVER had a friend who didn’t wear his or her seatbelt in the car, even when they were little. Sure, maybe for young children they’re uncomfortable for a while until they reach a height where it doesn’t scratch at their neck, but that’s still no excuse for not wearing it. Teenagers have NO excuse.

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