Buckle Up Montana Saved By The Belt Award
Cascade County will recognize Lori Ann Luoma who was nominated for the Buckle Up Montana “Saved By The Belt” Award. On August 28, 2014 Lori Ann and her three small children were involved in a roll over car crash where no one was hurt due to the use of seat belts and properly restrained child safety seats.
Buckle Up Montana, Saved by the Belt Award program was instituted due to the dramatic number of fatalities and incapacitating injuries as a result of motor vehicle crashes and misuse or non-use of seat belts and child safety seats. This program honors and recognizes individuals involved in crashes that were saved because they were wearing a seat belt or properly restrained in a child safety seat.
“Seat belt use is one of the easiest, most effective ways to keep people safe on our roadways, said Commissioner Weber. “The Buckle Up Montana program has seen life-saving results over the past few years, and we hope these good results will continue on with more awareness and education on the importance of using seat belts.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seatbelt use reduces the risk for serious injury and death during a crash by more than 50%. The CDC also noted that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in those ages 1-34. In 2014 there were 192 fatalities on the roads in Cascade County. Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes.
To learn more about Buckle Up Montana, a safety movement from the Montana Department of Transportation, go to http://buckleup.mt.gov/.
Saved By The Belt Award Presentation
When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Where: Commission Chambers, 325 2nd Avenue North, Room 111