Seat Belt Saves Young Woman in Rollover Accident

Buckle Up Montana recognized the most recent “Saved By the Belt” Award recipient, Aimee McCracken, Tuesday May 9th. McCracken was nominated for the award by Montana Highway Patrol Trooper, Terrance Rosenbaum, for wearing her seatbelt during a February crash. 
 
According to Rosenbaum, McCracken avoided serious injury or death by wearing her seat belt on the morning of February 13th, 2017. The 18-year-old female was involved in a single vehicle rollover on MT highway 200. McCracken was traveling eastbound when she swerved to avoid hitting a dead deer in the roadway. McCracken lost control and rolled her vehicle through a fence and into a field. 
 
“There is no doubt that if Aimee wasn’t wearing her seat belt she would have been seriously injured or killed as the result of this crash,” says Rosenbaum. 
 
Buckle Up Montana, Saved by the Belt Award program was instituted due to the dramatic number of fatalities and incapacitating injuries that result from 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.  
 
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 theleading cause of death in those ages 1-34. In 2015 there were 224 fatalities on Montana Highways and 190 in 2016. So far this year, there have been 37 fatalities compared to 53 for this time last year. Seat belt use is themost 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 www.buckleup.mt.gov
 
Saved By The Belt Award Presentation
When: Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
Where: City-County Health Department- Large Conference Room
Time: 3:30pm
 
For more information about Buckle Up Montana please contact Mary Kay Burns at 454-6750.