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?