602535_seatbelt.jpgIn a tragic car crash this month, a 24-year old girl from Gravois Mills, Missouri was killed when she traveled off the roadway and struck several trees – she was not wearing her seat belt. Her passenger suffered serious injuries, but he was wearing his seat belt.
The same weekend, a Westphalia woman ran off the road when she overcorrected and causing her car to crash and overturn. Her passenger was killed – he was not wearing a seat belt. The belted driver and a 6-year old passenger suffered only minor injuries#.
Another driver was seriously injured in a two-car crash near Deerfield, Missouri – the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. In Missouri, seat belt use is mandatory for drivers and passengers. Missouri’s vocal seat belt campaign, Arive Alive, estimates that Missouri’s overall seat belt usage rate is 76 percent, compared to 85 percent nationwide. Shockingly, 7 out of 10 Missourians killed in a traffic crash are unbuckled.
So get in the habit of buckling up. It may save you a traffic ticket and lessen any personal injury you may suffer if you are a victim of a Missouri motor vehicle accident.
2 Die In Accidents, www.thelaketoday.com, 3/23/11.
Man seriously injured in crash on U.S. 54, Associated Press, www.newsleader.com, 3/21/11.


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