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#1 28-09-08 12:34:39

evanadi
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Tragedy 3 months after passing

I don't often post anymore, however I would like to share this with those of you learning to drive and indeed those who have passed recently.

A local 17 year old male was killed in a car he was driving this week, he was an ex pupil at the school of a girl I am teaching at the moment and also two of my ex pupils.

He passed his test in June this year and had just managed to get himself a Renault clio, his first car.

On Wednesday evening this week, he crashed after travelling too fast down a hill, he smashed into one side of a bridge and ricochet off into the opposite wall. He was thrown through the windscreen and killed instantly, his companion is in hospital on the critical list.

His parents who were on holidays had to be telephoned and brought back home from a foreign holiday. Imagine the state they and the family are in. All of the school are in mourning and indeed the village where he lived. I would imagine his ADI would be pretty upset as well.

You would have thought that having passed his test just a couple of months ago, he would at least have remembered to wear his seat belt, sadly he has paid the ultimate cost for his inappropriate use of speed and for not wearing the belt.
If you also consider that this accident happened in a place with houses either side, you can see that it was lucky that no one else was involved.

I give this account just to remind you all of the real dangers that you face if you drive too fast, and also the grief you leave if you get it wrong.

When you are having your lessons, please listen carefully to the warnings that your instructors give you, it may seem that we are old fashioned, it may seem that we have no street cred but we do have your best interests at heart.

If you are offered a lift by friends or acquaintances, make sure that they are sensible drivers, remember they could jeopardize your safety and that of others.

Above all be safe and take care. Ev

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#2 28-09-08 16:39:53

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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

Hiya Ev

I am so sad to read this  sad
My heart and my prayers go out to his family and friends
This is one of the reasons that I dont move my car or even turn the ignition key till everyone in the car is belted up. If they dont then the car doesnt move or they get out and walk. The choice is simple belt up or get out. Like I said its really sad to hear.
I know it wont help the lad who died or for his passenger who is injured but I hope that someone learns from this very unfortunate event

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#3 28-09-08 22:28:29

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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

So So sad to read of deaths that could have so easily been prevented, how long does it take to put on a belt?

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#4 29-09-08 11:04:12

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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

We would have had about 4 rollovers in our small area over the last 2 weeks, each time someone has died being thrown out of a vehicle - lots of front page headlines, pleas from our Police etc to wear belts - but it all seems to fall on deaf ears.


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#5 12-10-08 02:20:51

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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

I wouldn't dream of driving anywhere without a seat belt unless it's just manoeuvring at low speed, eg reversing or going to the other side of a small car park or whatever. It's just not worth it. It's a shame this guy thought he was too good for a seat belt.

On another note, two of my friends have Renault Clio's, and in both of them if you take off the handbrake and either the driver or front passenger are not wearing a seat belt, the car sounds an extremely annoying constant warning tone to remind you.

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#6 12-10-08 16:36:03

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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

On another note, two of my friends have Renault Clio's, and in both of them if you take off the handbrake and either the driver or front passenger are not wearing a seat belt, the car sounds an extremely annoying constant warning tone to remind you.

And how many drivers know how to disconnect this, it's too easy..

the laws are there to get ppl to belt up, sorry to say this, but some forces arn't hard enough on those that don't.

If they can get 3 points for mobile phones, why not do the same for belts, instead of just a fine ?

I know someone that involved in an acident, seat belts saved their lives, they were heavily bruised across the chest's, so you can imagine the force taken.
But for some stupid reason they still don't buckle straight up, its the old saying "it won't happen to me"

My saying " the day you don't, is the day it will", and even after experiencing it they still won't learn


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#7 19-10-08 17:32:49

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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

The fine for not wearing a seat belt is going up soon to £60 but no points,the problem with this is that your passengers cant get points for not wearing one,what about people who dont have driving licences to put points on.  This is the dillema that the government face,so,it will just have to be the extra £30 fine for the time being.
Stephen

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#8 19-10-08 22:11:03

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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

The fine for not wearing a seat belt is going up soon to £60 but no points,the problem with this is that your passengers cant get points for not wearing one,what about people who dont have driving licences to put points on.  This is the dillema that the government face,so,it will just have to be the extra £30 fine for the time being.
Stephen

So lets make the fine something that will hurt [ no pun intended ], the pocket, and set it at about £200. I know of 1 lad that has been done 3 times for not wareing his seat belt. His excuse for not wareing it is because its NOT COOL  to ware 1. he's now waiting to get his license back after being banned.

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#9 20-10-08 11:08:54

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Why do people have to be fined to make them do something that is safe, I really cannot understand the logic. ''It's not cool to wear a seatbelt''. We are not talking about street cred here, we are talking about safe guarding your life and that of other occupants.

Do people really have to be told that its dangerous to drive whilst holding a mobile phone, yet despite the law prohibiting this practice it still goes on blatantly, and every year people still drink and drive, putting themselves and more worryingly others at risk.

Maybe losing the licence altogether is the only penalty some will respond to, it does appear that a lot of people do not take the rules seriously, so maybe its time to make the punishment more serious. Lets be fair you can't get a worse punishment then being killed. Ev


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#10 20-10-08 20:17:18

DEE
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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

Why do people have to be fined to make them do something that is safe, I really cannot understand the logic. ''It's not cool to wear a seatbelt''. We are not talking about street cred here, we are talking about safe guarding your life and that of other occupants.

Do people really have to be told that its dangerous to drive whilst holding a mobile phone, yet despite the law prohibiting this practice it still goes on blatantly, and every year people still drink and drive, putting themselves and more worryingly others at risk.

Maybe losing the licence altogether is the only penalty some will respond to, it does appear that a lot of people do not take the rules seriously, so maybe its time to make the punishment more serious. Lets be fair you can't get a worse punishment then being killed. Ev

Well said Ev

Trouble is even if the licence is removed and not just a fine and points...some and I do say some not all will still think they know better and still drive!!

Some people dont seem to worry if they are safe...ie...wearing seatbelts
They dont care if they are over the limit and might kill some innocent bystander or an unsuspecting motorist driving completly legally

They dont care that they are on their mobile and swaying all over the road and are in the wrong lane entirely for where they want to go..Their phone call is far more important to miss..They give people like me and plenty of others who really stuggled to get their licence a bad name. I NEVER speed...I always am as considerate as I can be. I NEVER have a drink if I know ive got to drive. And if my mobile rings while im in the car and im driving it gets ignored..If its important enough they will ring back or I will ring them when I get the chance which will never be while im driving

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#11 07-11-08 18:32:16

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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

I have just seen this thread... one of my mates from school sadly died in a car crash about a month and a half ago now. He had only been driving for 3 weeks. What was the problem? Over confidence. Whilst he was a brilliant mate to me for 3 years, he was also just too stupid to be behind the wheel of a car... He was on his way back from a night out, and went to fast round a corner (at night). His car rolled over several times before hitting a wall. His neck was broken and he died instantly. This is just something to bare in mind for all new drivers. Whilst ive only had a license for 1 day I consider myself a careful driver, and my driving always matches my experience (which is very little) in other words, I know to drive very carefully, but sadly there are so many people in car crashes nowadays, and the statistics are still rising! Don't think you are invincible just because your inside a metal box, that is what makes driving so dangerous.


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#12 07-11-08 23:01:08

Zipper
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From: Darwin, Northern Territory Aus
Registered: 20-08-04
Posts: 2,690
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Re: Tragedy 3 months after passing

Re seat belts and passengers:

I do classroom training in road law & driver attitudes at a couple of high schools down here, for students who are about to go out on the road as a learner driver.
(Unfortunately many don't show maturity and common sense - as displayed by jazzer for example - which shows that our driver entry age is too young at just 16 years old. Boys are usually less mature than girls at this age).

As a driver they will be ultimately responsible for anyone in a car not wearing a belt, but how does a driver enforce a "no belt no ride" rule especially when the offending passenger is their elder or a peer?

A common attitude by passengers refusing to wear belts goes something like this:
"I never wear a seat belt and I don't care what the road rules say, it's MY life to do as I please with it and it's none of your business".
I have an answer for drivers confronted with this dilemma:
"Even a book lying on the parcel shelf can become a lethal missile during a crash, so imagine what an unrestrained human body can do to other people in the vehicle.
I'm not having this dangerous situation in my car so fasten your belt or get out."


Zipper ("G'Day Mate!")
I'm not 65! I'm only $59.95+tax
www.drivingnt.com

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