Fatal Accident Sends Seatbelt Reminder - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/23/03

Fatal Accident Sends Seatbelt Reminder

Police say that 29-year-old Paul Bownds died when he rolled his SUV. It happened on the Slaton Highway around 5 a.m. Police Spokesman Bill Morgan says Bownds was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle.

DPS Lieutenant, Steve Shatley, says if Bownds had been wearing his seatbelt it may have saved his life. "In that situation, you cannot definitely say that they would have lived had they stayed in the car, but their chances are much greater because your chances of dying are four times greater if you're thrown from the vehicle."

Shatley also says there is a way to get in the habit of wearing your seatbelt. He says make a conscious effort to buckle up for 10 days, and by the end of that time, it should develop into a habit.

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