Q: "I don't like to buckle up when I drive, but I insist everybody else wears a seatbelt. I figure at least they'll be safe. Right?"
A: Do you have a flying elephant in your car?
You do if you or any one else rides in your car unbuckled.
In a 30 mph crash, an unrestrained adult is thrown with a force of 3 1/2 tons - about the weight of an elephant.
Imagine that elephant hitting you, your spouse or your grandchild.
Imagine that elephant being you.
How many times have you jumped in the car to run a quick errand and didn't buckle up?
Most crashes happen close to home and at speeds less than 40 mph, when people are in familiar neighborhoods - the comfort zone.
As you make your trips to the local store, church or a friend's house, don't take a flying elephant along for the ride.
Buckle up. Every one. Every trip. Every time.
May 19 through June 8 is the National "Click It or Ticket" mobilization.
Pennsylvania's primary seat belt law requires drivers and passengers under 18 to wear a seatbelt or under age 8 to be in the correct child restraint.
Drivers and front seat passengers over 18 will receive a second ticket if found unbelted.
"Sadie Says ..." is brought to you by the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition's
Safe Communities Task Force, whose members include AAA North Penn, AARP, Area Agency on Aging and regional transportation and highway safety advocates.