The majority of us do it every day. It is just part of our daily routine. Getting in to our car and driving, to work, school, activities, etc.
Recently, on Aug. 6 at 12:15 p.m. to be exact, I learned the hard way just how important seat belts are in our everyday commuting.
As I was exiting I-470 on the Fairlawn Street ramp in Topeka, I was going straight across Fairlawn to the second light, so I could turn left and go west on to 29th Street. I saw no cars, anywhere in site, when suddenly to my right, out of nowhere there was a black vehicle heading south on Fairlawn. There was no time to react; all I could think was, where did that car come from? And BOOM, a strong hit on my passenger side, and I began rolling. Holding on for dear life, and praying. My head banging over and over on my left side. My car had rolled three times, before coming to rest on its side. When my car stopped rolling, I was hanging in my car by my seat belt.
|Alice's vehicle after it rolled three times.|
Today I still feel a bit out of it (probably a concussion), and have pain from bruised ribs and back pain. Luckily, my face is no longer black and blue, and I went back to work two weeks later, working half days.
My message to everyone is, never drive your car without first making sure you and everyone in your car is buckled up. Please, buckle up without thinking twice about it, because the simple act of buckling up can mean the difference between life and death.
Alice Laizure works for the Kansas Department of Corrections in Topeka.