A van ran off the road and rolled several times yesterday in Ashland, Oregon. It’s driver and three passengers were driving towards Portland from northern California when the accident happened. According to reports, the driver, Trevor Heuber of Marysville, lost control of the van when he hit a patch of wet pavement on I-5. Unfortunately, two of the passengers in the back of the van were not wearing safety belts and were ejected from the vehicle. One of them was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center by aircraft. The other three in the van did not have critical injuries.
This accident serves as a reminder of two things: slow down and drive carefully when there is water on the road and ALWAYS wear your seatbelt. In the course of four years, seatbelts saved over 75,000 lives. Washington and Oregon both have primary enforcement laws for seat belts. According to the National Safety Council, that means that police are allowed to pull over and ticket a motorist solely for not wearing a safety belt. Not only can you be critically injured or even killed in a car accident if you are not wearing your seat belt, you can get slapped with a hefty ticket. Buckling up takes just a second, so why not do it?