Some Tips To Encourage Buckling Up

LA MESA -- Police are offering some constructive approaches to persuading loved ones to use their seat belts -- described as the most effective protection in a crash. See Traffic Information below:

Case Highlights: On August 19, 2014, at approximately 12:01 AM, the La Mesa Police Department received a 911 call from an employee of the Carl’s Jr. Restaurant at 8110 Parkway Drive in the City of La Mesa. The 

caller reported to police a subject walked up to the drive through window just as the business was closing and the exterior lights shut off and brandished a black colored semi-automatic handgun and demanded money from the assistant manager. The assistant manager fled from the suspect and told the other employees to go into the freezer and call the police. The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction. Officers searched the area along with a San Diego County Sheriffs Department helicopter, but were unable to locate the suspect.
The suspect was described as:
Suspect #1: Black male unknown age, approximately 5’ 10”, thin, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with grey horizontal lines, and wearing a black mask. This subject was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the La Mesa Police Department.
You may also call Crime Stoppers’ anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS or
( You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for
information in this case.
Traffic Information: Seat belts are your most effective form of protection in a crash. Yet, millions of
Americans don’t always buckle up. The biggest offenders are commonly, teenagers, males and truck drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has identified some reasons why people do – and don’t -- wear seat belts. According to its Unconscious Motivators and Situation Safety Belt Use report, most people always wear seat belts. However, when people don’t wear seat belts, they are generally in situations where they feel safe and ignore the risks. The report recommends a positive approach to encouraging everyone to wear a seat belt. Some suggestions include:
•Wearing a seat belt helps you feel in control.
•Wearing a seat belt because other people care about you and want you to be safe.
•Modeling the behavior you expect of your children.
•Wearing a seat belt to be a good passenger.
•Asking your friends to wear their seat belts.
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Comment by David Stanley on August 27, 2014 at 7:59am

"Seatbelts". I just cannot understand the refusal to wear them. Regardless of the excuse, "I forgot", which is a complete lie, over and over again one drives down the street or highway and there it is - some dimwit cruising along, car thundering and vibrating from a radio or something, and no seat belt. My parents always put up the excuse of being trapped in a crash. What baloney. When carrying them anywhere I would refuse to even start the car until their belts were fastened and then they pouted. Is this stupidity or resistance? I just dont know. My first car had no seat belts but when they were put on sale at dealers I purchased them, crude as they were, and installed them myself. My wife and daughter never moved unless the belts were in place. My wartime experiences strengthened my belief in belts, harnesses and restraints yet, as I continue to drive about all these years later I see numbers beyound counting, witless drivers and passengers jabbering or twisting about in time to music, talking on phones or texting, or any other activities and no seat belts. I continue to read "news" reports about the crippled of killed children because their stupid parents refused to buckle the in. As a police officer for decades I saw over and over the results of no restraints and heard over and over the same senseless and crippled refrain: "I forgot" or "I was just going a couple of miles". All this whilst still sitting behind starred windscreens or cradling broken arms or collar bones. I quickly lost any sympathy for those calling themselves "victims" under those circumstances and made it a point to always cite the poor "victims" for their senselessness in refusing the simple act of buckling a seat belt. Its not hard to do and they certainly DO save us from much pain and suffering.

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