Helmets and belts

May 30, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, I did a post about The News-Sentinel’s Jeff Wiehe getting grief from the bareheaded brigade when he noted in a story about two motorcycle fatalities that the victims were not wearing helmets. Now, Jeff has done a story about the terrible hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a nurse on her way to work at Parkview Hospital. In that story, he observes:

She was not wearing a seat belt, according to the Allen County Coroner, and died from blunt-force trauma of the head.

I can almost promise that Jeff won’t get any grief over that. People who don’t wear motorcycle helmets are an interest group sticking up for the right to be dumb. People who don’t wear seat belts are just people who don’t wear seat belts. They don’t have meetings about how the press and government are conspiring to shred the Constitution.

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