Archive for Thursday, February 15, 2007

Letter: Seat belts save, even when not expected

February 15, 2007

There is a growing problem in Eudora, and I can't keep quiet any longer. On numerous occasions, I have seen children riding in vehicles without proper restraints. Some are standing up in the backseat or sitting in the front without so much as a seat belt.

I know these drivers are probably thinking "This is Eudora. What could possibly happen?" or "I'm just going around the corner."

Well, let me tell you what can happen. On Monday, July 17, my three daughters and I were hit head-on by a drunk driver at 5:20 p.m. near the corner of Cedar and Sycamore streets. This is two blocks from my home. This was the last place I ever expected to be in an accident, let alone be nailed by someone driving with a blood alcohol content that was almost twice the legal limit.

Fortunately, my two oldest girls were restrained in their booster seats and although they suffered only nasty bruises, their sense of security was shattered. My 5-month-old baby was in her infant car seat and didn't have a scratch on her. I shudder to think of what the outcome would have been had they not been properly restrained.

There are two morals to this story. 1. Buckle up; and 2. Don't drink and drive.

P.S.: Kansas state law requires all children under 4 to be in a car seat restraint. Persons ages 4 to 16 must use a seat belt.

Kari Abram

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