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And now it's time your friendly Autoblog PSA. Martijn over at Fresh Creation ran across this very convincing commercial on YouTube that espouses the life saving benefits of wearing one's seatbelt. Does anybody not wear a seatbelt nowadays? (As of 2001, 73 percent of people in the U.S. were buckling up.) I can still remember a time when it wasn't cool to strap in, but enough berating by the parents and my first time out on a racetrack was enough to change my mind and make it stick. Seriously, regardless of whether your car has two, four or ten airbags plus a collision avoidance system, a seatbelt is your best bet in an accident.

The commercial is beautifully done, though perhaps a bit morbid. For any of you seatbelt strapping stragglers out there, hopefully it does the trick.

[Source: YouTube via FreshCreation]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I haven't seen this commercial in years - easily one of the best PSA's I had ever seen. I remember when it first came out, a few groups where upset with the commercial - but that seems to happen with any commercial.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I wear my seatbelt no matter what even in a backseat or in a parking garage.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what is sad is that here in cincinnati, the % of people who do not wear a belt is like 40%. that is a figure i remember from some place. do not quote me. but it's crazy, 75-80 mph on a commute, cell in one had, smoke in the other, and not wearing a belt. i just hope they don't take some one out with them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      that was amazingly well done. and very good.
      It's one of those kinda shock-value type commercials that really stick with most people.
      Job well done

      • 8 Years Ago
      As long as it's the looney libs not wearing seat belts (they probably don't because wearing seatbelts is a conservative thing) then I am ok with them not wearing them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How does you not wearing your seat belt endanger other drivers?

      In that situation, it still doesn't matter if it's a law or not, liability can be still be established.

      Don't get me wrong on this, to get into a car and not use a seat belt is one of the MOST STUPIDEST things you can think of doing, But I'm still not accepting why there's a law to wear one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Corey W.,

      The reason why there are laws to make people wear thier belt is simple. Liability. If I hit someone in an accident that didn't wear a seat belt, I don't feel I should be responsible for thier injuries if they refuse to use thier vehicles safety device BY CHOICE. The law acts to protect people from bone-headed choices of idiots.

      On the aside, I was in a serious wreck that left 2 in the other car severely injured (one may have been parylized). They could not sue (even though my friend driving was at fault) since they did not wear their seat belts. I also was not belted in, but in my case it saved my life. The car was crushed past where my belt would have buckled in. I got tossed across the back of the car and smashed the other window. I was unharmed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For me, wearing the seatbelt is something automatic, i get into the car and first thing to do is put it on. Is safe for me and for all inside the vehicle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "As long as it's the looney libs not wearing seat belts (they probably don't because wearing seat belts is a conservative thing) then I am ok with them not wearing them."

      WTF!! You're saying Liberals don't want to wear seat belts?? Using you as an example, retardation must be a conservative thing to.

      Actually, this may sound stupid, but outside of child safety regulations (child seats, boosters...etc) Why is there an established law for wearing seat belts?
      BTW: I've never driven without my seat belt, but it's never been out of fear of getting a ticket or not being cool, more so....common sense.
      Again, just wondering, you can get hurt really bad or die from hitting yourself in the head with a hammer, but there's no laws against that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great commercial.

      I'm surprised we haven't had a wacko post here about how not wearing a seatbelt will "throw them clear of the vehicle" in a severe accident. I always love hearing that one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a beatufil commercial I think, I've seen it severeal times here in Norway and now it seems like other countries are broadcasting it, and that is a good thing.
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