Monday, October 15, 2012
I Buckled Up
I Buckled Up, Decision Portrait. Stitched words: Saved by the belt. Xylene photo transfer on tea-stained muslin. Unframed 25" x 19"; framed 31" x 25". Hand beaded and stitched. Click on image to enlarge.
In thirty-one states and the District of Columbia, there is a "primary" seat belt law. This means that a law enforcement officer can stop and ticket a driver without any other traffic offense taking place. In eighteen other states there is a "secondary" seat belt law. This means that the police officer may issue a ticket for not wearing a seat belt only when there is another citable traffic infraction. New Hampshire alone has no such law (except for children under 18....and then, it's a law too!) I got this information on the Internet: http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/seatbelt_laws.html
Still, lots of people don't buckle up. Steven Hewitt did. It saved his life. This talented artist has some permanent bodily damage but is able to continue making wonderful art and enjoying his fabulously artistic family. Although this series is not advocating for any decisions, personally, I urge everyone to BUCKLE UP. The choice is yours ... though it's undoubtedly a good decision to make ... even in New Hampshire!