Thursday, 25 April 2013

This Seat Belt Matter ( A Salt PSA)

Nuff said!

This is a Salt Public Service Announcment!

In my family, they know me. I am a seat belt fanatic. It is not a nice to do. It is a must do. Before you start the engine, everyone in the car must be strapped in. My children are used to it now and do so automatically most of the time. Yesterday, had I not been strapped in I would not be sitting here typing these words to you today.  Yes, this seat belt matter is not to be taken lightly. Let me tell you what happened.

On my way home after work, a commercial 'danfo' bus decided that it wanted to ignore the instruction to stop that had been given and rammed into my car so hard that it totally destroyed my entire boot and bumper sending glass from my shattered windscreen all over me in the car! I honestly thought I had driven over a bomb and was about to go meet my PapaGod (I was opposite the Officer's Mess on Marina after all and perhaps those BH people had struck *laughing*). As it would happen, I was not on my way to heaven. I had just been attacked by another vehicle. One minute I was talking calmly on my phone and the next, all I heard was 'Gbo-ah!' and my whole body was being thrown forward. All that kept me from becoming a human projectile was my seat belt!

When my mgm got to the scene and saw my car, saw how far the impact of the collision had moved it beyond the point of initial contact, saw all the glass in the car right up to the front seat. He was in shock. The first thing he said was 'Thank God you always wear your seat belt'. Yes, thank God!

My question to you is 'do you wear your seat belt?' Maybe you do but only when you sit in front? Not a good idea.  This seat belt matter is not a joke, please begin to use it all the time.

I know sometimes it feels uncomfortable but please better a little discomfort than the plenty one that comes with whiplash. I know it rumples your shirt or leaves marks on your pretty dress but what's a couple of wrinkles compared to broken bones? Stain marks can be washed. Gash and cut marks don't wash off. I know the kids hate it and cry but last time I checked crying has never killed a child. Being thrown out of a car, on the other hand, does that very well.

Yes, God protects but God gave the creator of the seat belt that knowledge for a reason so let's do our own bit to keep ourselves safe. God helps those who help themselves, remember? So please enforce the use of seat belts in any car you are in (yes, even if it is not your car you can respectfully insist!).

Please let's take this seat belt matter seriously o!   I can't shout o!  

To God alone be all the glory!


  1. yes o! Thank you, thank you! We really need public campaign and if possible legislation on this. Thank you again

  2. Let's start the campaign Atoke! You and I! I tend to make myself a by force LASTMA official...especially when I see kids bouncing around in the back with no seat belts on. I flag people down. Some people abuse me and tell me to mind my busienss. Some, thank me and do the right thing. Thanks Atoke o jare!

    1. yes o, I have been known to flag people down and hoot my horn to get their attention, I get all sorts of looks. The most perplexing response is 'he/she will be crying'. When my son was brought out from my womb, he wasn't crying, he was given a good smack! I had to alert the proprietor of my son's school last week, I saw a toddler held in the laps of his mother being brought to school! It is well, may we display our love for our children in the right way.

  3. Thank God you weren't hurt.

    Finally found ma way back to your blog. Would change ma blogroll settings later on.

    1. Thank God Tamie. I am so glad you found me too!

  4. Thank God you are safe. God be praised for his mercies endures forever.

    1. Yes, thank God sykik! To God alone be all the praise indeed! I tell you he is our ONLY TRUE protection!

  5. Thank God first of all, that you are okay! He is our place of refuge, but thank God you added works to your faith by wearing your seat belt. This seat belt matter cannot be over emphasized. It is important.

  6. Exactly, you nailed it. We must add works to our faith! We just must! Thanks Unyime!

  7. Just seeing this , thank God for you , lesson learnt for me


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