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Seatbelts are causing problems

Discussion in 'Polls Forum' started by Salty, May 26, 2009.

  1. Salty

    Salty 20,000 Posts Club
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    I found an interesting article in the Syracuse Post-Standard.

    The interview was about a Syracuse man who had a heart transplant 25 years ago!
    Toward the end of the end of the article, there is a "Then" and "Now". The second from bottom in part stated:
    "Because more people are wearing shoulder belts, crime rates are down and neurological care has improved, suitable organ donors are even harder to come by.

    Just thought this was an interesting point that was made.

    Salty

    PS, I am NOT suggesting seat belts not be use - but remember for "every action, there is a reaction"
     
  2. Tom Bryant

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    I understand the logic about cause and effect of shoulder belts and available organs... BUT why and how does having seat belts make the crime rate go down?
     
  3. Deacon

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    You're reading it wrong.
    The sentence should say:

    More people are wearing shoulder belts,
    crime rates are down
    and
    neurological care has improved,
    ...as a result ... suitable organ donors are even harder to come by.

    Rob
     
  4. donnA

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    poll, or news?
     
  5. Jon-Marc

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    So what we need is for people to stop using seat belts so that more people will die in accidents so that other people can get their organs and live. :tongue3:
     
  6. I Am Blessed 24

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    It's a 'Catch 22'. DH has a defribbilator and if he were in an accident, the shoulder strap would dislodge the wires to it and cause him to have a heart attack. But the law says...........
     
  7. annsni

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    Or else he would be hit in the chest with the steering wheel and have the wires dislodge and cause him to have a heart attack. Not pretty either way.
     
  8. PJ

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    YIKES! :eek: Same as when my dad had a dialysis port in the way of the seat belt. Only he didn't wear it. :tongue3:
     
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    Yes, but there are more and more transplants being performed every year due to split livers, living donors, etc.
     
  10. Jon-Marc

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    I once read about a woman who was sliced in half by her seat belt. :eek:
     
  11. annsni

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    That would most likely be from a lap-belt only. They are actually very dangerous and CAN cause severe injuries if not place in the proper place. A seatbelt will not cause severe soft tissue injuries if the lap-belt is placed across the hipbones rather than the stomach.
     
  12. donnA

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    I saw on 20/20 years ago about kids wearing seatbelts correctly across the hips whose back were broken by the seat belts. The families were sueing the manufacturer, I believe they won.
     
  13. annsni

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    Their backs wouldn't be broken if they were wearing a shoulder harness too. There must have been an other issue there. Do you have any links for that story?
     
  14. annsni

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    I just wanted to add - children should not use just an automobile's seatbelt if they are under 4'9" and 80 lbs. Under that height and weight, they should be in an approved booster or safety seat. My son is 8.5 years old and still in a booster seat because he's just 60 lbs. and 4'3". The car's seatbelts are not designed to protect the human body smaller than an adult.
     
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