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 |  Sep 20 2013, 1:32 PM

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A new statistic released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests over a third of children killed in a crash under the age of 13 weren’t wearing a safety belt. 

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 |  Sep 05 2013, 3:30 PM

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In case there weren’t enough reasons for overweight people to shed their extra pounds you can add another one to that laundry list. Morbidly obese individuals are 56 percent more likely to die in car crashes than normal-weight people.

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 |  Dec 05 2012, 2:02 PM

Netherlands-based company Fijen To Make Life Safer has created a seat belt that hates getting wet and named it the Escape Belt. 

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 |  Jan 19 2011, 12:40 PM

There are some great do-it-yourself projects that you should undertake – building a deck in your backyard, putting together a bird house or assembling IKEA furniture. But making your own seat belt? Yeah, we’re not the only ones scratching our heads at this one.

Paul Weigand, a Wichita man, received a ticket from police officers for using a seat belt he made himself. He doesn’t agree with the charges and is taking the matter up in court. A judge had already told him that from now on, he must wear the seat belt that came with the car. Apparently, his homemade seat belt isn’t attached to the car, so it’s probably not as affective as one that is (we don’t have a sarcastic font, but if we did, we’d totally be using it on that last sentence).

Weigand is planning on taking his case to trial, because he doesn’t think the law should require him to wear a seat belt. His case is based on the fact that the law doesn’t require that the belt be affixed to anything.

Do you think he has a case or should the police just let him wear his DIY seat belt? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

[Source: USA Today]