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  • Lisa Sprague

    Wow, by the look of that car these kids are very, very lucky!

    • Anonymous

      How did they survive that!?

    • VERY!!

  • Anonymous

    My point. She had probably driven over a year and was now 18.  You cannot legislate morality. You have most 16 year olds that will obey the speed limit and law and drive safely.  Then you have a handful of society that won’t obey the  speed laws, car seat laws, ect.  Do we punish all of society for a handful? Do we punish all 18 year olds now? Do we hold meetings to change laws for all? I’m glad the parents are bringing them home safe.

    • Anonymous

      we have seat belt  laws because, the insurance companies, lobbied for them. Maine was one of the last to give in. There are time when yes, all have to punished for to sin of the few, it’s call setting an example. These kids broke the rules, she could have killed the  boy with her, she needs more then a slap on the wrist!
      I learned, the hard way, I lost a good friend, the afternoon of 6/12/77, the day I graduated
      from high school, it is something, that has kept me from drinking, and driving, and from speeding most of the time.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t agree nor did I vote with the seatbelt law for adults. I’m very unsure of it for teens in the backseat. My friend slid off the road and a telephone pole was where her daughter would’ve been if buckled in. Her daughter for some reason on the way to school hadn’t buckled up, neither daughter. The state police agreed, that not buckling saved her life.

        I also believe that the person driving should recieve harsh penalties. I do not believe that all should be punished for the crime of a handful. All 18 year olds shouldn’t loose their licenses for one more year because of her ignorance. If they want examples, then send those that do break the law into classrooms and drivers education classrooms to educate. Send them in complete in orange or whatever color the prisoners are wearing these days, complete in cuffs and shackles. Show the kids what you look like dressed in your new prison garb after you kill or attempted murder of your friend while you are speeding, or texting and/or drinking. Show them those pretty pictures  before jail, hair done with makeup and designer clothes. Maybe, just maybe some kids would get the picture.

        • Anonymous

          While we are at it send them into those DUI courses too. I know 40,50,60,70,80 year olds that just don’t get it! I know one man that his son was killed by a drunk driver. He totalled his pick up drunk, and still drives drunk. He cannot obtain a license in Mass and if caught again in Maine, I think he’s lost it for a lifetime. That will be soon, not that he won’t try to keep driving.

  • Guest

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    • Anonymous

      I’m bulletproof…

      • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    Snow-slick roads-speed- no seatbelts &  no common sense is a dangerous combinations.  Guess these kids have not read about all the recent deaths of young people  in Maine.  Sure wish they had a little more fear in them. 

    • Anonymous

      Had she been wearing a seatbelt she would have been more seriously injured.  No seatbelt meant she slid toward the passangers seat and the pole did not do more damage to her.  This accident is an arguement against the government telling us to wear belts, not the other way around.

      • Anonymous

        It’s too bad you have to complain about the government telling you to do something that common sense should.

        • Anonymous

          I was mearly stating a fact about this particular accident.

            “Deputy Matt Elwell said, however, this was one of the rare cases in which Holmes’ injuries would have been worse if she had been wearing a seat belt. The way the car struck the pole, she was moved out of the way of it.”  from the http://www.villagesoup.com  article about this same accident.

          And my comment about not wearing the seatbelt was directed at whinewhinewhine’s assumption the driver made a bad decision not to wear one — seems she made the best decision in this situation with regard to seatbelt wearing (and yes I believe the constitution gives me that right, though I follow the law myself).

      • Anonymous

        I see.  I will try to determine what type of accident I may or may not have & wear my seatbelt as I see fit.   The fact is that seatbelts save lives more often than not.

      • Anonymous

        And you know for a fact, with your crystal ball, that she would have been more seriously injured with the seatbelt on????????

        • Anonymous

          My ball is broken but the Deputy investigating the accident stated it as fact.  See my above post.  Maybe reading the responses in a thread is a good idea before posting a retort.  I mearly stated in this case it was the better senerio.  Given the propensity of many posters to begin their criticisms prior to understanding the particular situation they are commenting on, it seemed appropriate to point out to the seatbelt cheering crowd that while speed and weather conditions were cited as factors to the accident, the lack of a seatbelt (which really was not a factor in the causation of the accident) actually seemed fortuitous.

        • Anonymous

          you need to calm down and read the article. That comment was totally uncalled for.

      • Anonymous

        In this incident that’s valid…but… the numbers don’t add up…..sorry. 

  • Very surprised the driver survived after looking at these photos. I don’t understand why anyone would drive down the road without a seatbelt on.

  • Anonymous

    People need to SLOW DOWN!

  • Anonymous

    I hope that the proper tickets were issued to support the imprudent speed and no seat belts.  The lesson learned is not appropriate it needs the punishment with it.  This is one example of the sec of states concerns about the experience of our younger drivers.  Matter of fact it is the message that the sherrif should be sending with the tickets.

  • Anonymous

    Thank the good Lord that they are ok, and I pray it is a lesson to slow down. I think its a good thing she didn’t have a seatbelt on, she could have been injured a lot worse than she is. Not saying it isn’t good to wear them, but sometimes it pays not to.

    • Anonymous

      Like you can plan what kind of accident to have?  Let’s  see, today is Tuesday, I think I’ll have a minor fender bender and probably won’t need my seatbelt.  Let’s go!

      • Anonymous

        yeah…..whatever

  • Anonymous

    When will people learn!!!??? Wear your seatbelts people!!!!! They will save your life!

  • Anonymous

    This not an event that can be used as an argument against the government telling us to wear seat belts.  This argument can only be made from the case of individual rights. Whether or not something is good or bad for you has no bearing on whether or not the government should or shouldn’t be encroaching on  our personal choices.

    If you want to make an argument to individuals that seat belts do not improve safety when worn, based on this crash, then you are arguing that people base their decisions to not wear seat belts on a statistical outlier. Barring any one individuals omniscience or clairvoyance, wearing a seat belt is a good decision when setting out on a trip in the car.

  • Anonymous

    Speed certainly was a factor! You can’t fixed stupid!

  • Anonymous

    I am such a stickler on seat belts.  I tell my sons every day to ALWAYS wear your seat belt.  In most cases, seat belts truly saves lives.  However, after looking this car, I’m thinking may not have the seatbelt saved them.  A rare occurrence, but quite possible

  • Anonymous

    These kids are so-o-o-o lucky; not wearing seat belts; what were they thinking??
    Marilyn Voorhies

  • thats a good built car! 

  • Anonymous

    These kids are very lucky, hopefully this was one scary wake up call and she will learn to drive slower in slippery conditions….so happy that they are not seriously injured, someone was definitely watching over them!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting that the young woman did not have on a seat belt.   Looking at where that telephone pole is sitting would that have been worse?     It is terrifying to have inexperienced young people drive under winter conditions.   Driver ed. should be mandatory in the winter when driving is so different and different skills are called for.   Kids need special training in winter skills driving. either from teachers or parents.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my word these kids are very very lucky!! Praying for a speedy recovery to them.
    I have officially decided my kids are not getting their licenses until their 45!

    • Anonymous

      Good luck with that!!!

  • Anonymous

    All trees an rocks should be cleared away 50 feet  from the side of the road an no ditches . All power lines ect should be under ground

  • I have to say thank goodness these young people were soooo lucky!!! I think its funny how everyone looks at the article and the photos and mentions seat belts!! LMAO I have to agree a seat belt probably would have helped cause death in this accident… I agree slow down but why all the seatbelt comments?? Does it really take a genius?? LOL

  • Anonymous

    So glad theses two are going to be ok. I drove south to Winslow from the Bangor area this morning and ran into slick road conditions past Clinton. The interstate was put down to 45 because it was slippery. There were alot of us taking our time going 45 and 50,but so many people were flying by including state troopers going way too fast for the conditions. We haven’t had too many bad days for people to practice their winter driving skills yet,so please leave earlier or slow down when it’s slippery.

  • Rob Grant

    Angels looked over these two young peoples. Seat belts or no, high speed or no, looking in on the condition of that car tells me they are both very very lucky. May they learn from the experience something positive.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, there’s really angels floating in the sky watching drivers.  I hear a knock at my door-It’s the easter bunny!

  • I seriously can not believe some of the comments I have read….How about the important part of the story seat belt or none speeding or not these two children are alive by the Grace of God….And to worry about whether or not they get a ticket is just a bit ridiculous….I was involved in a serious auto accident in 1999 and had I been wearing my seat belt I would have been decapitated and no I was not given a ticket for no seat belt…Because I was not wearing a seat belt when my car was run over by a pick up I was able to lay in the seat and it saved my life! Just like every thing else there are pros and cons to seat belts and again the important part of this story is that these children are still alive!!!!

  • Guest

    A miracle.  Can’t see the lack of severe injury or death any other way.

  • Anonymous

    Here is another one Mr. Summers…

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