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Seatbelts really do save lives

This is the damaged remains of Master Sgt. Michal Gath's truck after he was struck by another car last November. Gath is certain he is alive today because he was wearing his seatbelt. (Courtesy photo)

This is the damaged remains of Master Sgt. Michal Gath's truck after he was struck by another car last November. Gath is certain he is alive today because he was wearing his seatbelt. (Courtesy photo)

MASSACHUSETTS -- So there I was one Thursday evening in November, driving down the road going to meet a few friends for dinner, when my life would change forever. All I saw were headlights coming at me and then barely re- member the seatbelt locking up and the airbags going off. My truck spun a few times and came to rest right next to a telephone pole. I was lucky to be wearing my seatbelt as I probably would have been thrown from my truck and injured a lot more seriously than I was. Granted, I was injured but, I more than likely would not be here today had I not had my seatbelt on.

FACTS:

· Every hour in America, someone dies in a crash because they didn't wear their seatbelt
· If a crash occurs at 40 mph, a 150 pound person could be thrown from a vehicle with 6,000 pounds of force
· 3 out of 4 people who are ejected from a vehicle die as a result
· Seatbelts increase your chance of surviving a crash by 50 percent
· 3 out of 4 crashes happen within 25 miles of your home

So, before you pull out of your driveway, parking spot, or wherever your car is, please make it a habit, if you haven't already, to strap on your seatbelt. It could just save your life.