This is all completely true: I can't imagine what people are thinking
when they don't wear their seatbelt!
About a year ago I was driving on a small, narrow two-lane road, about
40 miles per hour, which is the speed limit. A drunk driver flew around
a curve ahead and hit me head on, and the van behind me couldn't stop
in time and rear-ended me. Neither one of the other drivers were
wearing their seat belts, and they both died the same day. I, however,
emerged with only a bruise on my abdomen and a broken thumb...much
better off than the others.
It seems almost as if car manufacturers need to expand on Ford's idea
in the 1990s: shoulder belts that automatically came on when you
started the car. If someone could recreate that with a lap belt also,
I'm sure it would prevent many deaths.
Of course, an even cheaper alternative would just be for everyone to
REMEMBER TO BUCKLE UP!