The entire Chaos shift have just got back from dealing with yet another very serious, could almost have been fatal, road traffic collision.
Yet again, despite all the advances in vehicle design technology, despite all the efforts of road planning departments to ‘build in’ safe road design, we find ourselves out in the dark, in the rain, scraping broken, bloodied people off the tarmac in a situation that could so easily have been avoided for two seconds effort.
Let’s set aside for a moment, the cost of 8 police officers, six ambulance personnel, two fire engines and the nearest Air Ambulance; the disruption to traffic on one of the main arterial routes around Bigtown and the resulting efforts of goodness knows how many hospital staff; the simple fact is all of this could, for the most part have been avoided, if the two occupants of the only vehicle involved in the this crash had worn their seatbelts.
Both of these people now face a long time in hospital, probably several operations to sort their messed up bodies out and a certain loss of income while they recover and for what ??
I’m old enough to remember the TV adverts from the mid 1970’s telling you to ‘Clunk, Click, Every Trip’. They were simple and to the point (and I’ve put a couple of them below if you feel nostalgic). It’s certainly been the law since before I learnt to drive to wear seat belts, yet so many people just can’t be bothered – then whine like merry hell when we pull them over and give them a ticket.
Maybe we should just round them all up and make them visit the scene of every seat belt related RTC for the next six months – after seeing the carnage and destroyed, mangled bodies for real, maybe then they might see the likely outcome of their foolish activities.
On behalf of all the emergency services, I’d like to appeal to all readers of this post to think …. please …. put that bloomin’ seat belt on …… it takes a couple of seconds and could save you a lifetime of grief. Rant over.