ATLANTA, GA — The Center for Disease Control announced the results of a groundbreaking study, which found that seatbelts aren’t 100% effective at preventing potential injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents.
The shocking discovery prompted many to question whether or not seatbelts should be worn at all.
“I just don’t get it,” reads the caption of a meme your cousin posted to Facebook. “If you can still get hurt, what’s the point?”
“I understand that seatbelts may be the right choice for some,” said a lady calmly drinking an iced coffee in an Instagram reel. “But please try to be kind and respectful of other people’s decision not to wear seatbelts. We can all have different beliefs, and that’s okay!”
“So let me get this straight,” a gentleman on TikTok said from inside of his truck for some reason. “You mean to tell me I can still get hurt even though I’m wearing a seatbelt? And now people are calling for government-mandated seatbelts? Y’all need to read up on Nazi Germany because that’s exactly what’s happening here.”
The CDC later clarified that the findings do not in fact diminish the efficacy of seatbelts.
“Our results indicate that 53% of drivers and passengers killed in car crashes were not wearing seatbelts,” said Philip Gunn, spokesperson for the CDC. “While seatbelts can reduce the risk of death by up to 45%, it’s true that they aren’t foolproof.”
“Look people,” an exasperated Gunn went on to say, “nothing can completely prevent injuries. I mean, we’re not talking about vaccines here. Nobody is immune from getting hurt in an accident. But seatbelts can make a difference.”
“Yes, there may be side effects for some people,” he added. “It’s more difficult to reach the backseat and you won’t look as cool, but in the end, it’s worth it.”