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Buckling up a good habit for teenagers

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Post Independent OpinionClick it. It’s a simple action that can save a life.A recent study found that Garfield County teens ages 16-20 lag behind the rest of the state in seat-belt use. In Garfield County, 64.1 percent of teens buckle up, compared to 70.6 percent of the same group statewide.The 6.5 percent isn’t a huge number, unless someone you know gets in a serious accident without a seat belt. Then the number really doesn’t matter, does it?As with most teen issues, the key is education, and the education should start with the very first trip in the car. The kid who progressed from the toddler car seat to the back seat with a seat belt before finally graduating to the front seat with a seat belt will likely continue to buckle up even when not under a parent’s watchful eye. The action is an ingrained habit, like putting the car in park before turning off the engine.And, if someone has been wearing a seat belt his or her entire life, the “It’s uncomfortable” excuse really doesn’t fly.Safety education for new or soon-to-be drivers can strengthen the resolve to get teens to buckle up, but a lifetime of education is more effective.And, for teens who currently don’t bother with the simple, life-saving click, cut your parents some slack and don’t add to their concerns. With teenage kids, Mom and Dad have plenty of other worries to keep them up through the night.And, for teens who currently don’t bother with the simple, life-saving click, cut your parents some slack and don’t add to their concerns. With teenage kids, Mom and Dad have plenty of other worries to keep them up through the night.


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