Seatbelt wearers honored with Saved by the Belt Award

The Buckle Up Montana Coalition was pleased to award a mother and her daughters with the Saved by the Belt Award for their life-saving use of seatbelts in an accident earlier this year.

 

 

Trooper Jason Dulin, right, and Eileen Reddick, representive for the Buckle Up Program, presented Karlee, left, and Mindi Murnion with the Saved by the Belt Award. Photo by Darlene Hornung
Trooper Jason Dulin, right, and Eileen Reddick, representive for the Buckle Up Program, presented Karlee, left, and Mindi Murnion with the Saved by the Belt Award.
Photo by Darlene Hornung

Posted May 9, 2014

By Lori Kesinger

The Buckle Up Montana Coalition was pleased to award a mother and her daughters with the Saved by the Belt Award for their life-saving use of seatbelts in an accident earlier this year. The award was given by Eileen Reddick, representing Montana Department of Transportation’s Buckle Up Program; and Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jason Dulin at the Southeastern Montana Health Fair in Baker, April 30.

Mindi Murnion and her daughters Karlee and Adison were involved in a single vehicle rollover crash on US Highway 12, March 28. Snow-packed and icy conditions were a factor in the accident. It is very likely they would have been fully or partially ejected during the rollover had they not been properly using their seatbelts.

The Saved by the Belt Award was developed by the Buckle Up Montana Coalition, a program of the Department of Transportation. The award is given to honor crash survivors who were wearing their seatbelts and properly utilizing child safety seats at the time of an accident.

Mindi and Karlee were awarded a certificate, $25 cash, and a Saved by the Belt keychain. Adison was given a new safety seat the day of the crash.

In Montana, seven out of ten people killed in crashes each year are unbuckled. Those who died might be alive today if only they had been wearing their seatbelts. To date in 2014, 41 people have been killed on Montana roadways according to the Montana Highway Patrol. The Montana Department of Transportation Buckle Up Montana Coalition and Montana law enforcement continue to encourage motorists to buckle up every trip, every time.