Sad Tragedy Reminds Us to Buckle Up and Be Safe

April 10, 2013  |  Jon P. Erickson

There was a tragic motor vehicle accident this past weekend just north of Minneapolis where eight members of a family were in a van that was struck by another car. The accident caused four members of the van to be ejected from the vehicle. Those four were not wearing seat-belts, and three of them were killed. The fourth is still in critical condition.
A lieutenant of the Minnesota Highway Patrol is quoted as saying: “The fact can’t be ignored that if they had worn seat belts, it could have ended in a different result.” It was further noted that in the last three years 352 of 864 traffic deaths in Minnesota had victims that were not wearing seat belts. This is 41{a0c01d20c42349884e67ff80c137866b0a9fe47aaae8f8a86a605a369ae487c3} of the deaths in these accidents. These deaths were all likely preventable!
There was a second accident over the weekend in the metro area where a woman crashed her car into a tree, and was killed. She also was not wearing a seat belt.
BUCKLE UP…seat belts save lives!