MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We are midway through October and Alabama's 2015 traffic fatalities are pacing well above last year for the same time period.
To date there have been 413 traffic deaths in Alabama this year. That is a number that shocked me. What shocked me more as I looked harder at the sixteen deaths last week were the number of deaths that involved a person not wearing a seat belt. This is 2015. The seat belt act was approved in 1991. This is not a new law.
OK, forget the law, we all fudge on a turn signal here and there, and for some the speed limit is a guide that we try to stay within eight miles an hour of, but wearing your seat belt has nothing to do with the law it has everything to do with staying alive. Today with technology the way it is you have to alter your car or go out of your way physically to not wear your seat belt.
In the end only you can make the decision that wearing a seat belt is worth the effort. The chances of you getting pulled over and given a ticket are probably less than you actually getting in an accident.
I will leave you with this one last thought. The next time you get in your car, take five seconds and think of three people that would miss you terribly when you're gone. I am sure that there are many more but just a quick three. Then think about having to explain to them why it wasn't important for you to wear that seat belt.