Archive for Thursday, June 8, 2006

Secretary urges seat belt usage

June 8, 2006

The Main Street System Enhancement project was tops on the mind of Kansas Secretary of Transportation Deb Miller during a visit last week to Lansing. But she also urged the audience at a ceremonial groundbreaking to do their part to make Kansas roads safer.

"One of the things I'm really focused on at the Department of Transportation is our need in this state to lower the fatality rate, the roadway crashes," Miller said. "We have the 13th highest fatality rate in the nation, and I don't think that's acceptable."

She cited statistics that showed more than 400 Kansans are killed every year in highway crashes. And she said it was up to Kansans to lower the rate.

"There's something each and every one of us can do when we get into the car," she said. "The first and most important thing is put on that seat belt. And secondly, when you drive, remember how important that activity is and give it your full attention. Fully 99 percent of the crashes occur because of driver inattention; they're all things that we can correct."

Miller said she'd heard all of the excuses for not wearing seat belts, but she's prepared with this advice:

"I always tell people if you don't want to wear that seat belt for yourself, think about the people who depend on you every day - your employer, your family, your neighbors, your community - because it means a great deal to them that you arrive home safely."

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