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Published May 23, 2011, 06:05 PM

People Share Stories About How Seat Belts Save Lives

Several people shared stories of survival and loss with law enforcement Monday as Click-It-Or-Ticket efforts start across North Dakota.

Several people shared stories of survival and loss with law enforcement Monday as Click-It-Or-Ticket efforts start across North Dakota.

With each story, law enforcement has an even bigger reason to promote the use of seat belts.

"We were driving and our tire blew out causing us to flip one and a half times and we were wearing our seat belts so we were all o.k.," 13-year-old Mallory Twet said.

Twet, 13, learned from her experience. Now, she wears a seat belt every time she gets into a car.

Others, like the Welsh family, have learned from losing a loved one.

"I was in Afghanistan when I heard the news of my brother's death and it hit me very hard," Brody Welsh said.

"He was driving from Fargo to Grand Forks, swerved off the road onto the rumble strips and rolled his vehicle several times. He wasn't wearing his seat belt," Piper Welsh said.

Their brother Patrick was killed in a car accident two years ago. Sharing their loss with officers Monday morning was a reminder of why the extra seat belt enforcement is important.

"The sheriff's office, the city police department of Grand Forks and highway patrol are increasing their patrol in an effort to enforce the seat belt laws," Sheriff's Deputy B.J. Maxson said.

As extra seat belt enforcement starts, speakers have a little advice for those people who may not remember to buckle up everytime they get behind the wheel.

"Wearing your seat belt does save your life most of the time," Welsh said.

"It'll save a lot of people from pain and suffering because it goes further than you dying, it goes everywhere," Twet said.

Extra seat belt enforcement runs through June 5th.

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