Two University of Utah specialists in preventive medicine have come up with a novel suggestion for getting young drivers to buckle up.
Wire the car radio so that it could be turned on only by buckling the seat belt. The radio on-off switch could be moved from the dashboard to the seat belt buckle, which would act as a circuit breaker, suggested Dr. John A. Clark and Nancy B. Johnson, in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine (Sept. 20, 1984).
Drivers between 16 to 29 years old -- the ones most likely to tune in the radio -- are much more likely than older drivers to be killed or injured in a traffic accidents. Studies show that half of the deaths could be prevented by use of seat belts, but only 12 percent of Americans regularly buckle up. Women Doctors Take Time
Female doctors tend to have fewer patients than male doctors -- but spend more time with them, according to a National Center for Health Statistics study.
For women doctors, 40 percent of office visits lasted less than 10 minutes, and 10 percent lasted more than 30 minutes. For men doctors, 47 percent of office visits lasted less than 10 minutes, and only 6 percent lasted more than 30 minutes.
Footnote: About 2.4 percent of office visits to male doctors lasted "zero minutes," because the patient saw someone other than the doctor, such as a nurse.