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Re: New Law in Effect

Posted by JayZeeBMT on Sat Nov 21 04:49:45 2020, in response to Re: New Law in Effect, posted by Easy on Fri Nov 20 21:00:25 2020.

It's a well-worn cliche, but it's true: In more than 20 years in EMS, I very rarely unbuckled a dead driver or passenger from a seat belt after an MVA. Those who died despite wearing seat belts, were always in cars or other vehicles that were completely destroyed.

N.B.: The city-bound Grand Central Parkway between 188 St. and Utopia Pkwy, was a guaranteed MVA-with-trauma location anytime after 2 AM on a Sunday morning. It got to where we would just park on the WB service road just west of the highway patrol, sit 97, and wait for the job to come to us. Those who wore seat belts were invariably far more likely to survive. It was often the unbelted rear seaters that got ejected.

Oh, and yes, I wear my seat belt in a car or SUV, whether or not I'm in the rear seat.


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