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Randy LaJoie estimated that no more than 30% of the cars that race at tracks around the country are as safe as they ought to be. He has seen ill-fitting or improperly mounted seats or seat belts as well as what he sees as an alarmingly low level of drivers using head-and –neck restraint systems.
“You go to places in Short Track USA and there are 100 cars there, I walk around and look at every race car, and maybe 15 or 20 of them are safe” LaJoie stated. Drivers often mount their seats and belts as best they can, or at least the best they know how. Some drivers still believe it is better to be able to move in their seats, or to have long seat belts. Safety experts consider that thinking wrong-headed, but changing such a long-held notion is easier said than done. Basically they’re trying to put square pegs into round holes.
In an ideal world, track promoters and racing sanctioning bodies would require participants to have adequate safety equipment on their cars. But, many short tracks are desperate to increase their car counts, and it’s tough to expect them to send 60 or 70 percent of potential entrants home to take such a stand. “I am going to go to these tracks and I am going to talk about all these safety issues, I am going to stand there as these cars go through inspection".
“Some of these guys might not like me much. But, I’m going and the reason why is because when I read or hear about somebody getting hurt or worse killed it makes me sick, there is no sense in it. People just need to be properly educated so they can make their own decisions about safety” LaJoie states.
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