Wear A Seat Belt!

Yesterday westbankpapa was in a car accident – a truck smashed into him from behind. Thank G-d he is fine – he even felt well enough to point out a spelling mistake in a recent post (which calmed me down more than his insistence that he was ok, and that the doctor had already checked him out).

Of course he was wearing a seat belt. We are “hysterical Americans” about this, and about using safety seats for babies and kids. (I once got into a fight with someone when I refused to take an additional passenger, because it meant one of my kids riding on someone’s lap for a 15 minute ride. She called me a hysterical American, which was rich since she also made aliyah about 25 years previously. Apparently bad Israeli habits become ingrained in Americans too!)

My oldest son is painfully aware of car safety too. Some boys from his high school were killed in a car accident about two years ago. Slippery roads, inexperienced driver, and, unfortunately, the kids weren’t wearing seat belts. It really is amazing how much a simple thing can make such a huge difference.


13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tnspr569
    Feb 27, 2007 @ 09:37:42

    I couldn’t agree with you more on the importance of seat belts and car/booster seats. It’s a rule in my family that was ingrained in me from an early age.

    I know plenty of people who were wearing seat belts and survived major accidents. One of the easiest ways to convince people, in my opinion, is simply “why not?” It takes just a few seconds to buckle up, and it can save lives.

  2. mominisrael
    Feb 27, 2007 @ 09:39:20

    Amen!! Glad your husband is well.

  3. Bagelblogger
    Feb 27, 2007 @ 10:05:15

    Thanksfully WBP is ok

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  4. Rafi G
    Feb 27, 2007 @ 13:41:14

    Happy papa is fine. Keep those seatbelts on!

  5. Ilana-Davita
    Feb 27, 2007 @ 14:03:51

    Baruch Hashem, your husband is fine. One of my brothers wasn’t so lucky and died in a car crash three years ago although he was wearing a seatbelt. Which does not mean my opinion has changed on seatbelts. I also get angry loks from kids when I insist on their wearing seatbelts even if only for a short ride.

  6. muse
    Feb 27, 2007 @ 19:33:18

    Good to hear he’s ok.

    I “tremp” a lot, and it’s standard to hear the driver demand that everyone belt up.

  7. Regina Clare Jane
    Feb 28, 2007 @ 00:31:47

    Wow- so glad he’s doing okay! It virutally takes no time at all to buckle up so it is a real tragedy when someone dies in a car accident simply because of not putting on the seatbelt! Here in FL, it’s mandatory to buckle up!

  8. westbankmama
    Feb 28, 2007 @ 05:15:55

    thank you all for your good wishes.

  9. treppenwitz
    Feb 28, 2007 @ 06:32:22

    Here’s hoping that WBP is completely OK and that the other driver had insurance. Make sure to remind your hubby to ‘bentch’ gomel.

  10. tnspr569
    Feb 28, 2007 @ 11:07:59

    Almost forgot- glad to hear that WBP is fine 🙂

  11. bec
    Feb 28, 2007 @ 20:21:49

    thank g*d wbpapa is okay. we plan on remaining adamant on our insistence on seatbelt usage in our car (and while riding in others) once we get to your side of the woods. it’s so important.

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