|Hill Air Force Base Newspapers
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|Hill Air Force Base Newspapers
Drive safely, follow the rules of the road The road can be dan rous. Anyone getting behind the wheel should rememhxT not to drink and drive, alway wear f nure passengers are buck!-- up. and drive friendly. The Air Force Safety Center and I 'tab Safety Council provide the following information to remind everyone to May safe. Drinking and driving Statistics show that alcohol consumption is responsible for a large percentage of traffic accidents. In most states, the laws against driving while drinking are usually quite strict. Often they result in license suspension, with a heavy fine or imprisonment, t'tah's Code H1 1 says it is unlawful to drive or be in physical control of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more, or be incapable of driving safely due to alcohol or drugs While strict law enforcement helps reduce the problem, all drivers should be aware not only of what alcohol does to the brain and body, but also how it affects everyone's safety. It doesn't take much alcohol to influence a person's driving ability. Although many people may be able to take one drink and drive capably, each person's capacity is an individual matter. The ability to handle alcohol not only varies as an individual, but it varies from day to day. People shouldn't kid themselves. Drivers who wouldn't wear a blindfold while driving do worse when they take the wheel after sending alcohol to their brain through the blood. In spite of what most people think, alcohol is not a stimulant it's a depressant. Hie ability to perform a task is lessened to the point of eventual unconsciousness. Most people aren't aware their ability to perform simple tasks is greatly impaired. Some may even get the feeling they can perform better and do things they wouldn't ordinarily try. The part of the brain that flashes a warning, keeping them from acting without caution, is numbed and finally out of commission. 1 Seat belts One out of three people will be involved in a serious car crash during their lives. Wearing a seat belt is the best protection. Contrary to popular opinion, people don't die in automobile trashes. They die from a separate event that is caused by the automobile crash. It's called "the human collision." This collision is a second crash that usually takes place inside the car. as the occupant hits the dashboard, windshield, or other interior car parts. Just as the car crushes and breaks when it hits a tree, the human body crushes and breaks when it hits a steering wheeL The problem is when the car crashes, it stops. But the human body inside the vehicle continues to move. It keeps going until it hits something that is harder than the body is. This is where the injuries andor deaths may occur. Nothing can prevent this second collision, but people can reduce its severity with a device designed for just that purpose seat-belt- s. The seat belt gives the body something softer, more hit than the hard, unyielding surfaces of metal a car. inside and plastic In a concrete bridge abutment crash, a car would suffer severe damage. But, a car wouldn't suffer as much damage if it hit a wooden fence. A person can be severely injured in a human collision against a dashboard (even a padded one), but he or she will remain relatively unharmed in a human collision against a nylon seat belt. "ft iendly to What's the choice? Without the belt, skull fractures, facial lacerations, broken teeth, broken ribs and internal injuries ... and on and on; possible death. With a belt and shoulder harness, probably some bruises. Driving errors Be a responsible driver and obey the rules of the road. 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