January 13th, 2011

FOCUS ON SEATBELTS

Uncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.

Utah traffic related fatalities are the lowest in 36 years, but there’s no low that’s too low.

Tim Cosgrove, who works as a Child Advocate for Primary Children's Medical Center, encourages Mallory to keep speaking out about safe behavior choices.

Out of the 235 people who lost their lives in 2010, 89 were not wearing seatbelts. ” That’s 89 people who could be here with us today,” says UDOT Deputy Director Carlos Braceras.

“We do our best to engineer the roads,” said Braceras. “But there’s only so much that we can do. We can’t make you put down that cell phone. We can’t make you give the keys to someone who hasn’t been drinking. We can’t make you put on your seat belt. That’s up to everyone who gets in a car.”

Reducing crashes on our roads is a shared responsibility

One fatality means the loss of a beloved sibling, child or parent. Eighteen year old Mallory Martinez knows she might have been one of those fatalities had she not been wearing a seatbelt one day last November.

The Westminster College student was on her way home to Price, Utah for a weekend visit and was operating her iPod while driving on U.S. 6. She clipped a trailer “and from there I just spun and lost control,” said Martinez.

While her car was rolling, her thoughts were on her siblings and parents. Her car was totaled but she walked away with some scrapes. Martinez knows she’s lucky so she takes time to tell others to stay safe.

Video Courtesy of KSL.com

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Responses to “FOCUS ON SEATBELTS”

  1. Seatbelts saved the life of my brother 2 years ago. So yes I think it is very important to show people that one day their life might depend on them wearing their seatbelts!

  2. Great interviews!! I agree with the topics that seat belts are more essential for save our life from car accident. Thanks :)

  3. Thats one very lucky young lady, glad she is able to walk away and hopefully let others know the dangers

  4. Please don’t drink if you are going to drive. You will be sorry later for what you have done to your self and others.

  5. That such a simple thing as wearing a seatbelt can prevent so much heartache and feeling of loss. I still can’t believe the dolts that drive around refusing to wear one – thinking they’re cool. Wake up and Grow up!

  6. Great story, and it’s good to see someone out promoting seatbelt safety. Great way to “give back” to the community and increase awareness.

  7. In 2005 i received a call from Sheriff that your wife has been in accident the car is been totaled but your wife is Ok,i asked about my she said what baby.
    My wife had in head to head accident with a Nissan car both cars were totaled and my 3 month old baby who was in passenger seat and in his car seat belt on,fortunately both my wife and the baby safe,i am great full to seat belt law.
    Thank you
    Nasser

  8. Wearing a seatbelt is a simple and highly effective way to improve highway safety. Not wearing a seatbelt shouldn’t be acceptable in this day and age.

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