I suppose many Ohio residents agree with two recent letter writers complaining about seat belt laws, and once I probably would’ve sided with them, too.
Twenty-two years ago, when my daughter was developing in my womb, Ohio’s seat belt laws were about to take effect. I never wore a seat belt. It was too much bother, too uncomfortable, etc. I was concerned buckling up could harm my baby should I be involved in a minor fender bender or slam my brakes hard. My doctor, James Preston, assured me the seat belt was low enough on my abdomen it was actually safer, and if my stomach would hit the steering wheel because my seat belt was not buckled, my baby might not survive. I don’t think I’ve ever ridden in a car since that day without wearing a seatbelt and made sure my daughter wore hers, too.
Last Sept. 28, my daughter, Danielle, a senior at The Ohio State University, was leaving campus on her way to work. In the middle of rush hour on Interstate 71, she was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer moving 50 mph and was unable to stop. Her car smashed into the vehicle stopped ahead of her, which in turn, hit the car in front of it. She needed care at a trauma center, but, it’s a miracle her injuries weren’t worse. Thank God her guardian angel was riding shotgun that day and thank God she was wearing her seat belt.
Had she not, and possibly she might not have if it wasn’t required by law in Ohio, you would’ve read her obituary.
For those who feel our legislatures have no business forcing us to “Buckle Up” and our law enforcement officers have no business enforcing that law, just remember, the day could arrive where those who love you are extremely grateful Big Brother is looking out for your well being.
I know I am.