Shocking statistics from Virginia State Police.
More teens and young adults are dying in car crashes, because of a simple choice, not to wear a seat belt.
It takes less than two seconds to do and it could save your life but many teens are choosing not to wear one.
“It’s easy to do and it’s an easy life saver I mean, if you get ejected, there’s a very low chance that you’re gonna live so and a seat belt completely changed that,” said Darla Jones from Bedford County.
Darla Jones is shocked by the new statistics coming from Virginia State Police.
“It blows my mind,” said Darla Jones from Bedford County.
Troopers say eighteen young people have died in crashes where they weren’t buckled up so far this year.
That’s double the number by this time last year.
“So many not just young lives, but lives in general lost by just not wearing your seat belt. Something so simple, as soon as you get in just buckle it,” said Darla Jones from Bedford County.
It may make you think twice about the first thing you do once you get in the car.
“First thing I do when I get in the car before I even turn it on is put my seat belt on and my rule when I have family, friends, whoever riding with me is the car does not move until everyone has their seat belt on. So I don’t want to be responsible for having someone in the vehicle with me lose their life because of something so simple as not wearing your seat belt,” said Darla Jones from Bedford County.
Darla is from Bedford County and was saddened to hear about the teen who died after this crash last week.
She hopes more young people will think twice before getting behind the wheel.
“It breaks my heart. I wish we could raise more awareness about it but until people learn that it doesn’t matter what kind of accident you’re in, your seat belt is going to protect you more than anything else,” said Darla Jones from Bedford County.