A Mother’s Worst Fear and the Importance of Seat Belt Safety
“You Just Know Something Is Wrong But Can’t Explain It”
This is my worst fear as a mother. Ever since my son got this driver’s license I have had visions, dreams and nightmares about him getting into a serious car accident. Last night, my fears became a reality. I, along with my son want to scream out to the world about seat belt safety and how important it is to wear one at all times. My son did and it saved his life.
It was a night just like any other night. My son and his girlfriend had gone out to see a movie. I was at home watching tv because I couldn’t sleep. Me being unable to sleep isn’t anything new but last night was different. I just had this weird feeling that something was wrong. I’ve had these feelings before and nothing had come about so I just brushed it off to being overtired yet at the same time I was awaiting – that phone call. The one every parent dreads receiving.
At 1:30 am, On their way home from the movie, my son and his girlfriend were behind a car that was swerving in and out of two lanes.
My son sped up a bit and started changing lanes to bypass and get away from the swerving vehicle and his vehicle slipped on the pavement and he lost control. His car hit the left median and then went flying across 3 lanes of traffic and smashed into the right guard rail. They swear they were hit by another car during the accident but seeing as no one stopped they don’t know for sure or perhaps if someone did hit them they may have taken off and fled the scene.
NOBODY stopped – not one person to see if they were okay or anything. My sons girlfriend called the police to come and the officer called a tow truck. Two ambulances then showed up at the scene to check them both over to see if they were okay.
My son’s girlfriend was okay but is sore and has some bruising from the seat belt and my son has some bruising as well along with his left arm being hurt by the steering wheel.
My heart dropped into the pit of my stomach. I couldn’t stop crying. I am still crying as I write this. They both thought they were not going to walk away from it.
Wearing their seat belts saved their lives!!!! They got to go home instead of going to the morgue. I cannot stress enough my stance on wearing seat belts and the significance of seat belt safety.
It could have been much worse, if they had not worn their seat belts. My son puts his on as soon as he sits in his seat. He won’t start the vehicle until passengers have placed their seat belts on. He is very responsible that way.
He is good driver but you just never know when an accident will happen. His happened so fast. He gave me permission to write about his accident and show the photos of his vehicle because he wants me to stress to everyone the importance of Seat Belt Safety and to ALWAYS wear a seat belt. It should be second nature for all occupants in a vehicle to buckle up, no matter what age or how far the destination is.
As it turns out, National Road Safety Week is May 16-22 2017. I personally believe that there should be no need for a road safety week but if it reminds drivers of the importance of wearing seat belts and driving responsibly then I am all for it.
In 2008, 45.5 per cent of drivers and 52.2 per cent of passengers aged 15 to 24 who were fatally injured, were not wearing their seat belts. This number is staggering.
My son is 24 (almost 25) so he falls into this age group. Luckily, he is a responsible young man that doesn’t give in to peer pressure or have the “it will never happen to me” mentality.
As a mother, as a parent and as a human being, I beg everyone to talk to their loved ones about wearing their seat belts. I was lucky that my son was okay and walked away. I could not bear it if he hadn’t. I would never want another mother, parent or family to go through the gut wrenching ordeal that I am going through right now.
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Christine is the proud mother of three amazing adults in their 20s, and one ‘fur baby’, a dog named Tracker who is never far from Christine’s side. A devoted gardener, during the spring and summer months Christine can normally be found tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. Living in Southern Ontario near Lake Erie, Christine enjoys spending time outdoors, is an avid hiker and fisher, including ice fishing in the winter months.
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