What’s Your One Reason?
On November 5, 1955, a neurosurgeon named C. Hunter Shelden wrote “Every driver seems to have the idea that the automobile accident is something that may happen to the other person but never to himself.” These words would be instrumental in the invention of the modern-day seat belt.
Dr. Shelden’s words stand true more than 60 years later: none of us plan to be in a crash. We believe we’re safe drivers, and this will protect us from that “one” crash. But when it comes to fatal crashes, it only takes one. In 2016, 99 people that didn’t plan to be in a crash, lost their lives on Montana roads. Each of these different individuals had one thing in common: they chose not to wear a seat belt.
If you only needed one reason to wear your seat belt every time you were in a vehicle, what would it be? A family member, a friend, a goal…just one thing so important to you that you would reach across right now and buckle your seat belt. One reason that would convince you to choose something you might not want to do.
For me, it is my family. It’s my commitment to safety and reaching Vision Zero. Years in the law enforcement and transportation fields have shown me the devastation to families and communities after a fatal crash. These shattered lives are the reason I believe that zero deaths and zero serious injuries are the only acceptable goal for Montana.
Each of us has the freedom to choose to wear a seat belt. But I’m confident every Montanan has a reason that makes it an obvious choice. The next time you get in a vehicle and see that seat belt, remember your loved ones, your life and everything that is important to you.
I believe that you’ll find one reason worth buckling up for.
Director Mike Tooley