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FAKE SEATBELTS and SUBMISSION


Seatbelts can be a hassle. Some people just don’t want to be bothered even when the law requires them to buckle up. According to the Associated Press, a New Zealander named Ivan Segedin took it to an extreme.


The police ticketed him 32 times over five years for failing to use his seat belt. Even though this was costing him big money, Segedin refused to buckle up. Finally, instead of obeying the law, the man decided to rely on deception. He made a fake seat belt that would hang over his shoulder and make it appear that he was wearing a seat belt when he was not.


His trick worked for a while. Then, he had a head-on collision. He was thrown forward onto the steering wheel and killed.


Discussing the accident, the coroner described the fake seat belt: "Though his car was fitted with seat belts, an extra belt with a long strap had been knotted above the seat belt on the driver’s side, providing a belt to simply sit over the driver’s shoulder."


[Source: Craig Brian Larson, "Fake seat belt to fool police causes death of New Zealand driver," The Associated Press (2-22-08) From a sermon by Stephen Collins, "A Deadly Game")

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