It’s dumb for a driver not to use a seat belt. It’s dumber, as well as totally irresponsible, for a driver to allow any children and teens in the car to be unbelted. Yet the latest annual seat belt survey by the Kansas Department of Transportation indicates that while 73 percent of drivers buckle up in Sedgwick County, only 43 percent of 10- to 14-year-olds use seat belts in the county. Some adults may think they can’t make kids buckle against their will. But the driver has the keys, which means the car need not start until all seat belts are fastened. Many parts of parenting are hard, but making sure the kids are using seat belts isn’t.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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