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Message Monday - All you need is love ... and a seat belt


2-12 message mondayThe Beatles may have truly believed that all you need is love, but when you’re in a metal box traveling at 70 MPH down the interstate, buckling up can save your life.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Of the 35,092 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, 48 percent were not wearing seat belts. In 2015 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives and could have saved an additional 2,814 people if they had been wearing seat belts. 

That simple click is like a hug that can save your life. -

For 2018, there have been 36 fatalities reported. That’s an increase of 11 since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

I love this message! I was involved in a head on collision on February 14, 1993, by Correctionville, Iowa. In the accident, I started to go through the windshield. The seatbelt, I was wearing kept me from being ejected from the car. I did, however, break my neck in the accident and I am living with spinal cord injury. I am living all because I had my seatbelt on!

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