I remember riding in the cab of the old family pickup with my brother
and I scrunched in between my mother and father. In the summer, we
would gladly ride in the back. The old saying goes: "Poor people have
poor ways." Personally, I think that people's faith has gradually
shifted from a protective God to a protective government.
On the other hand, as an expecting father, I do find myself becoming
more cautious. I once scoffed at seat-belt laws and such, but I'm
coming around very quickly. Back when speed limits were 55, we drove
65. Now that limits are 70, we drive 75 or 80. I've read that
statistically there aren't more wrecks than there were 10 years ago,
but barring mandatory safety equipment, the wrecks would likely be more
Still, the old days of having it "bad" are a fond memory and I often
wonder what my children will reminisce about. I talk about cheap gas,
and when leaded was "Regular". My children will probably talk about
when cars actually used gas as a fuel.
On Sunday, March 30, 2003, at 08:40 PM, Bullwinkle wrote:
> Inorance is bliss.
> Back in the 1950's we children rode in the front seat on Mother's lap,
> or even stood in the middle. Never thought anything about. No seat
> belts, no jumper seats, no sitting in the middle of the back seat, no
> collapsing steering columns, no ...
> Are people getting too worried about car accidents, too safety
> conscious, government protected from stupidity, paranoid, etc.? If
> is the situation, all of us better leave our pre 1969 MG at home and
> drive the family bus.
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