Jeanne Pengelly just had an item about more Ontario drivers losing their lives on provincial roads from not wearing seat belts.
Seat belts save lives. I know, because several years ago I almost lost mine. My life, that is.
This Thursday, when the Petes kick off their historic 60th season, I’ll be up in the PA booth at the Memorial Center a little melancholy, I suppose, as it will be 29 years this Thursday that I slept in, jumped in the car without putting my seatbelt on and raced through a thick, heavy fog along County Road 10 from Douro to Parkhill Road East and didn’t make a corner. It was September 24th, 1986. Maybe some of you will remember.
The car rolled. I was not wearing a seat belt, and was thrown from the car, out through the T-top of the Camaro I was driving. In Toronto the other night, a driver rolled his car at a high speed into a ditch, was thrown from the car and didn’t survive.
I very nearly didn’t survive, either. It came down to minutes. It was that close.
Buckle up everybody. Do it for you. Do it for your family, your kids. Do it for your friends, anybody who would have to learn to live without you.