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Every day people make decisions some a little riskier than others which somehow affect the rest of their lives However not everyone realizes that the smallest decisions can have the biggest risks I am talking about a decision that takes only two seconds yet so many people fail to make the correct one Wearing a seat belt is something that should be taught from the very first car ride yet it is often the first thing over looked when a person gets into his or her car Wearing a seat belt is proven to save lives therefore people should focus on buckling up and fines given to those who drive unrestrained should be strictly enforced Statistics show that in potentially fatal crashes wearing a seat belt increases the chance of survival by 45 MTA 1 From 1975 through 2000 it is estimated that safety belts saved 135102 lives MADD 1 An example occurred in the summer of 1999 a day just like any other Katie Sanchez and Julie Chapple were on their way home from running errands when the least expected happened Not paying attention Julie drove off the side of the road and into a canal After sliding out in the gravel the front of the car hit a pipe The two girls sat in shock for a minute trying to grasp what just happened Julie was holding her head and Katie had her hand over her chest As Katie stepped out of the car she began to cry Katie stated At first I didnt realize how close we came to really being hurt Either one of us could have died If we wouldnt have been wearing our seat belts we would have gone straight through the windshield Katie suffered from some bruises on her chest and abdomen and Julie had a small bump on her forehead from hitting the steering wheel Both girls walked away with minor injuries and the seat belts they
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