No excuses, wear your seatbelt!

Intelligence vs. Common Sense: They Don’t Necessarily Go Hand in Hand

Two quite brilliant people have died recently in similar car crashes. CBS News and 60 Minutes correspondent, Bob Simon, and mathematician (and subject of the film, “A Beautiful Mind”), John Nash, both died while riding in the back seat of a taxi. While they were truly brilliant people, neither of them had the good sense to wear their seatbelt. For, if they had, statistically speaking, they’d both be alive today.

It doesn’t matter who’s driving. It doesn’t matter where you are seated. It doesn’t matter if it’s a personal vehicle, a hotel shuttle, an airplane or whatever, If there is a seatbelt installed, you wear it. It’s really as simple as that.

Here’s an exerpt from a New York Times article:

Kara Macek, a spokeswoman for the Governors Highway Safety Association, said that the crash involving the Nashes was a reminder that passengers in the back are just as vulnerable, and if there is a crash, can be ejected like a projectile.

“Logical, thoughtful people somehow feel like there’s an invisible shield around them when they get into the back of a taxi or a livery car,” she said. “The laws of physics haven’t changed.”

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