Let#039;s not meet by accident

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 18, 2002

The largest nationwide seat belt enforcement effort ever will kick-off on Memorial Day weekend. More than 11,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states will conduct child passenger safety, seat belt and drunk driving checkpoints and other special enforcement activities, as part of the Operation ABC Mobilization.

The enforcement effort will place special emphasis on protecting teens and young adults during the holiday weekend as new data has shown more than half of all teens who die in crashes are completely unrestrained.

We at the Greenville Advocate encourage all motorists, young and old, to exercise caution when traveling everyday, but especially during this, the first major holiday weekend of the spring and summer seasons.

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Regardless of the mere inconvenience' or discomfort' that safety belts pose, the fact remains that seat belts decrease the likelihood of death because of a motor vehicle collision.

A simple law of physics states that "bodies in motion tend to remain in motion" n

what that means is that a vehicle, while traveling at whatever speed, may come to a sudden stop, either from the activation of brakes, or an impact with another object, but those within this vehicle will still travel at the given speed.

If someone asks for the keys, don't take offense, take pride n pride in the fact that someone cared enough to ask for them.

As many a reporter has said before, "Let's not meet by accident."