The Dead Horse

By now, you may have tired of my harping on slowing down and buckling up, but after seeing the video that follows at HMHQ and reading his take on it, I couldn’t resist nicking it from him and sharing it here.

Some of what follows seems to be dramatized and some seems to be taken from dash cams or security cams. Either way…powerful.

This is why I write damn near every seatbelt violation I see. This is why I put up with your “I just left the bank” bullshit. If you’re too stupid to put the damn thing on, I will act as your common sense. I will impact your wallet. I will piss you off. In reality, though, you are pissed that I caught you being an irresponsible dumbass. In reality, I may have saved your life. Don’t believe me? Check this out…

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16 thoughts on “The Dead Horse

  1. Wow usually I can't watch things like that but for some reason I did and it was heart breaking.

    I kept thinking of the idiot that hit my mom a couple of weeks ago. Going 50km over the speed limit and passed her on the left. Her seat belt and just pure luck saved her life.

    Thanks for sharing and always stay safe!

    xx
    Jaxs

  2. I have no clue why people don't wear their seatbelts. I know there's the whole political argument about rights, but I think that's countered quite well by the argument against making yourself a projectile that infringes on the rights of others to not get hit by your flying self.

    I feel naked without it, can't even back down the driveway without a seatbelt on.

  3. "This is why I write damn near every seatbelt violation I see."

    why do you let any of them go?
    who gets off, and why? pregnant woman, midgets, the disabled, people who should be in an ambulance …?

  4. Keep beating this topic! I'm with you on it!

    I wish however I knew what the video was all about. I thought it was about seat belts! Which I am totally for… However, I actually had a woman attempt to commit suicide by running in front of my car! So those memories not so much fun!

    I wish others knew what horror their selfish actions caused others to go through and loose.
    -Dispatcher

  5. I can't watch it. Two dead children in a row was more than I could take.

    I always wear my seat belt. Always. I feel weird if I don't have it on. I always buckle up my kids, I always make everyone else wear theirs. I will not turn the car on if someone isn't belted. I know it's not a 100% guarantee that nothing will happen, but it's better than having one of my kids going thru the window.

  6. I agree Motorcop, that is also why I am so aggressive in enforcing traffic laws on duty.

    It only takes working one wreck like those in real life to change your views on the motoring public.

  7. I had nightmares about that video for 3 days after I saw it. I'm a mom, I don't drive so I walk a lot of places with my kids. I can't tell you how many times I've almost been hit by someone who was not paying attention.

  8. "This is why I write damn near every seatbelt violation I see."

    Because Americans stupidly believe that paternalism makes sense? Because nobody is personally responsible for any dumb thing they do? Because we think eliminating personal freedom along with personal responsibility is a brilliant idea and then we harp about what a bloody free country we have? (NOT!)

    PS I always wear my seatbelt but unless not wearing one poses a danger to others (pretty flimsy argument) you have no right to enforce others wearing their seat belts. Oh yeah I know the law says you do but if the law said we all had to jump off a cliff would you enforce it?

  9. I always wear my seat belt. I hope that it never saves my life.

    I'm against seat belt law, even though I always wear mine. We have too many laws already; we need fewer, not more.

    This video is amazing. I watched the entire film and I think it should be required viewing for everyone getting a driver's license.

  10. A seat belt does more than keep you from flying through the window. If you're the driver, it also can be the one thing that holds you in place so that you have better control of your vehicle for just that much longer when things go pearshaped. If you're a passenger, it keeps you from become a deadly projectile when the driver loses control.

    Even my dog wears a seatbelt, because I don't want 85# of dog flying around inside the car if I get hit.

  11. "I always wear my seatbelt but unless not wearing one poses a danger to others (pretty flimsy argument) you have no right to enforce others wearing their seat belts. Oh yeah I know the law says you do but if the law said we all had to jump off a cliff would you enforce it?"

    I don't agree with you. By not wearing a seat belt, people increase the chances of their auto accident being fatal or near fatal. Do you have any idea the cost difference of a fatal vs a non-fatal accident? The cost of a fatal auto accident has got to be much, much higher than a non-fatal. Think of all the extra personnel it takes, the time it takes, the roads that get shut down, etc.

    As taxpayers, we're the ones who have to shoulder those extra costs, not the idiot who died because he didn't buckle up. Plus, I'm all for the state making revenue off idiocy. The money has to come from somewhere and it's better to have a choice of whether you're going to pay or not; buckle up, don't pay.

  12. My husband is a huge seat belt offender. For 18 years I have nagged, bitched and moaned for him to wear his seat belt especially since he drives alot for work.

    Our granddaughter is 9 now and about 2 years ago I told him that we couldn't expect her to be a law abiding driver when she sees him break the law every time we drive together as a family. I guess I finally hit the right nerve. I still see him driving his work truck without a seat belt, but when he and I drive together or our grandchildren are with us, he puts on his seat belt without fail. I don't understand his reasoning of "it's uncomfortable" as I don't even notice my seat belt when it's on and in fact "feel naked" if I don't have my seat belt on when driving.
    This was a sobering video. Painful and heart wrenching to watch, but thanks for posting it.

  13. Michael –
    Please post this statement on your dashboard and have it tattooed on your back so that when I bring the tax payer's ambulance to your accident scene I know you don't want us helping you since you knew the dangers, but chose not to use all the protective measures available.

  14. When I click on the video it now say's it's private and you need an invitation. Is that something you would do or did the original source protect it?