Midland Police say Five Fatal Car Wrecks in Just 28 Days, Most Not Wearing Seatbelts 01/28/14
January 28, 2014
Midland - Five fatal car wrecks have already been reported this year alone in Midland County. Officials say that four of those five drivers were all unrestrained without a seatbelt. Something officials say could be avoided if drivers would slow down and buckle up.
It’s something our police officers see daily, drivers choosing comfort over safety and ignoring all signs to put on their seatbelts.
“You look around and you see someone’s hand reach slowly above their left shoulder and try to discreetly grab their seatbelt,” said Midland traffic unit supervisor Aaron Smith.
Officers say overall compliance of wearing a seatbelt is pretty good, but it’s those that just left home or simply crossing the street that chose to drive without. However officials say with today’s traffic, doing that is just as dangerous as driving down the highway.
“We’ve had fatal accidents happen within just a few hundred feet of somebody’s house, you don’t know when something bad is going to happen,” said Smith.
Out of the recent fatal wrecks inside city limits, Smith says the other vehicles involved were all wearing their seatbelts, and because of that they were able to walk away.
“We have seen it wreck after wreck after wreck, you see that one unrestrained driver not make it out of it and it’s senseless,” said Smith.
Smith also added that they are doing as much as they possibly can to make sure drivers are wearing their seatbelts by conducting multiple "Click it or Ticket" campaigns throughout the year within various neighborhoods.