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Click it, or Ticket: Buckle Up America Week

Did you all here about New Jersey governor Jon Corzine? He was busted up in an auto accident and then was busted by the NJPD for not wearing his seat belt. He asked for it, literally. Corzine decided a little bit too late for his personal safety to be a seat belt role model. Hopefully we can all learn from his mistake.

Seriously folks, it is Buckle Up America Week. Wearing your seat belt, every time you get in your car, is an easy way to protect your health. Should an accident happen, wearing your seat belt reduces your chance of critical injury by 90%. Everyone in a car should wear a seat belt, that means front seat and back seat passengers alike. You should wear your seat belt day or night, in heavy traffic or in light traffic and when driving in the city and when driving on a rural road. You get the point - you should ALWAYS wear your seat belt.

This year the Buckle Up campaign is focusing on night time enforcement of the seat belt law. So, before you put your car in gear, buckle up. Remember - Click IT, or Ticket, or in Governor Corzine's case worse than just a ticket.

Fit's Tip: My husband had a serious aversion to seat belts (don't know if he thought he was being a bad boy or what?), every time we got in the car I would remind him to put on his seat belt. I told him, since he found my reminders annoying, that it was just another way of saying "I love you." Well, that might be all sweet and cute, but three tickets later for violating the seat belt law has forced him to change his ways. The tickets increase substantially with each violation and money talks the way "nagging" can't.

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