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~lletin, Progress~il~:)gress~ 6B Wednesday, April 25, 2001 Seat belt safety hits county high schools with reality checks for teens By Victoria Metcalf imized, said. Staff Wnter Two-thirds of those who are Students at Quincy High Mother's story killed and not wearing their School (QHS) received two Sanderson's son knew to seat belts are passengers. brutal reminders of what can wear his seat belt. He always And, in rollover situations, happen to them when seat wore it, she told students at without a seat belt, you are belts aren't in use. QHS. Except once. And that four times more likely to be It was a routine Friday one time cost him his life.ejected from the vehicle. morning, bells rang, students Jamie Sanderson was catch- Rude said that it was once shuffled from class. And then, ing a ride home with his thought, that if the occupant the small gym began filling friend, nearly two years ago. of the car was thrown clear, with students as they came to He was a mile from home, inthey were less likely to be in- listen to presentations from the Lake Almanor area, whenjured. But, more recent stud- Craig Rude, public affairs offI- his friend, at a speed of 80 ies reveal that those who are cer with the California High- miles an hour, passed a car on ejected are more likely to be way Patrol (CHP), and Pare a curve and over a double yel- struck by the vehicle as it con- Sanderson, the creator of a low line. tinues to roll. new alert and safety program The car went off the road "Your only hope of survival known as JAMERS (Joint As- and overturned, probably atis keeping that seat belt on," sociation for Monitoring speeds greater than 80 mph,hesaid. Emergency Response Ser- Sandersonlearned. And, since vices). Jamie wasn't seat belted in, he Choices The presentation was given was ejected through the closed Asking QHS students how at the other local high schools sunroof, many always wear their seat as well. Graphically, Sanderson de- belts, most of those in the gym scribed what happened. Being quickly raised their hands. Only 16 forced through the sunroof For those who didn't, Rude Rude knows of the dangers tore off the back of her son's reminded them that a corn- of driving without a seat belt, head. He was thrown 11 feetmon response from those who both from the professional into the air and went through don't is that "It's my life." stand-point as a multiple fatal- some pine trees, which tore"But what of all the people ity crash investigator in off his face. He then landed wholove you?" he asked. Southern California, and as a with a thud in the dirt. And, even if they live, their 16-year-old who didn't buckle Sanderson arrived at the insurance rates climb dramat- up. . scene, driven by some intu- ically, he added, a gentle re- That was part of Rude's mes- ition, and talked to her son, as minder to those concerned sage as he tossed out statis- he awaited a life flight to En- about their pocketbooks, if.not tics, mugs and T-shirts to the loe hospital in Chico. their safety. assembly April 13. "You're being called out of Rude was just 16 when he here Jamie and I don't know [ learned the importance of why," Sanderson says she re- t wearing seat belts, membered telling him. "I'll be "It was raining pretty hard," looking," she said, for a mean- he remembered, as he and his ing of what his death at 17 girlfriend were out driving on meant. -.,, a two.lane road. He wasn't dri- And, what that's meant to .......... . ving fast, but it was too fast Sanderson is the formation of .... for the weather conditions JAMERS, a nonprofit organi- and the state of the tires on zation, calling for an emer- his small Toyota hatchback, gency response from the clos- His car hydroplaned, and est hospital to the scene; Su- before Rude had a chance to sanville was the closest, yet even try any maneuvers to Redding was called, and they correct the situation, he was waited alongside the road for heading right into the head- an hour anda half for the care lights of a full-sized truck. It flight to arrive. was one of those c hes;., It has also put o an dona. Rude-described, as th ': bi St tion to the forefront in fatal kind--"headlight to head- crashes. In Jamie's case, he light." went without blood for so In 1984, the first legislation long, his organs Were too was passed, making seat belt heavily damaged to be donat- use a priority. And, generally, ed to others. Rude was a safe teenager who JAMERS also calls for free- wore his seat belt. He knewdom of information, which about road safety, too. His fa- Sanderson learned first-hand ther was a CHP officer, butwas often not available as she this time neither he nor his searched for answers as to girlfriend had theirs on. why her son had to wait so "I smashed my chest on the long for a helicopter. steering wheel," Rude said.And, it stands for seat belt His head hit and went through safety, Sanderson told her the windshield. "I didn't think young audience, as they lis- I was going to make it," he had tened quietly to her story. thought at the time. Rude,s girlfriend "left herThe facts teeth in the dashboard," heEach year, 2,361 people die said, although her other in- in crashes because they juries weren't terrible, weren't wearing their seat Although the crash may not belts, Rude told his audience. have been avoidable, Rude Teens are nine percent said that, if they had beenmore likely not to wear their wearing their seat belts, the seat belts and die in a crash injuries would have been min- than any other age group, he Here, the elation. o.7~7-~" ..... dummy wasn't seat belted into the demonstrator and came out Photo by icia HiO e Several students had questions about driving safety for CHP Officer Craig Rude. One answer he gave repeated In- formation found in handbooks the students read: nine cent of all teen drivers are involved in fatal vehiche acci- dents, Most students knew this to be true from personal experience, after several local teen deaths in the past few years. 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