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Message Monday - Go ahead, make my day - Buckle up


6-5 message mondayDo you feel lucky? Luck may be the only thing you’ll have going for you if you’re in a crash and not wearing a seat belt since 75 percent of people who are ejected during a crash don’t survive.

So maybe you buckle up with others in the car, but you think that it’s a personal decision whether or not to click that buckle when you are by yourself. Debris on the road, actions of another driver, an animal running in front of you or a multitude of other reasons can cause you to swerve or lose control.

If there’s nothing holding you back, you could find yourself bouncing around your vehicle, and maybe even ripped from behind the wheel. The ripple effects of that crash go far beyond you as the driver. 

Not buckled when you crash? This could be you.

The fatality count of 111 is an increase of four since last Monday. In all of 2016, 405 people were killed on Iowa highways. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report.

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Iowa highway in the evening