"A seat belt saved my life, thanks to a timely warning by OPP"
ORILLIA, ON, Sep. 24, 2013, 2013 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --
Woman Working With OPP to Warn Others Through Social Media Video
A young woman is crediting an
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer for saving her life after
surviving a motor vehicle collision that could have potentially ended
it had she not received a seat belt warning days before the crash.
Jennifer Walker, a 19 year-old university student was driving her car in
Exeter, Ontario,on May 23, 2013, when OPP Constable Ron Young, on
bicycle patrol, pulled her over when he observed her talking on her
cell phone and not wearing her seat belt.
Const. Young issued Jennifer a $155 ticket for driving while using her
cell phone but used police discretion and let her off with a warning
and education about not wearing her seat belt. At the time, Jennifer
had no idea how pivotal that moment would be in the days ahead, but she
made a decision to change her driving behaviour to enhance personal
Just two days later, on May 25, 2013, Jennifer's car was struck
broadside by a vehicle that failed to stop at a stop sign. Jennifer
sustained minor breaks and bruises in the incident and, according to
the OPP, the crash was serious enough to have killed her had she not
been wearing her seat belt. A few weeks after her traumatic ordeal,
Jennifer contacted Const. Young to thank him for issuing her a ticket
and for saving her life.
"Jennifer's story is a perfect example of how wearing a seat belt can
dramatically change the outcome of a collision and may have actually
saved someone's life. Sadly, people continue to die on our roads
because, unlike Jennifer, they continue to ignore our messages about
the important role seat belts play in saving the lives of men, women
and children involved in road crashes," said Chief Superintendent Don
Bell, Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division.
"With the OPP Fall Seat Belt Campaign set to get underway across the
province, I encourage all Ontarians to listen to Jennifer's story. The
OPP would like to see every road user make the same commitment that
Jennifer made to change her driving behaviour because there is no
question that fewer people would die needlessly on our roads," said OPP
Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety
and Operational Support.
To view or download a short video about Jennifer's story, click on the
following link: http://youtu.be/6oyH0UexsHc
Attention editors and journalists: This video is high-quality and can be used for audio, audio-visual and
print quotes in broadcasts and publications.
The OPP Fall Seat Belt Campaign runs from September 26 to October 13,
2013. During that time, OPP officers across the province will be
highly visible enforcing and raising awareness of seat belt laws in an
effort to change driving behaviour and save lives.
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SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
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SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For more information about Jennifer Walker's story, media may contact Jennifer at
(519) 870-7884 or OPP Const. Jamie Stanley, Huron County OPP (on behalf of Const.
Ron Young) at (877) 301-9088. For more information about the Fall Seat Belt
Campaign, please call one of the following regional contacts: Highway Safety
Division: Sgt. Dave Woodford, Phone: (416) 553-5471 Central Region:Sgt. Peter Leon,
Phone: (705) 330-3738 East Region:Sgt. Kristine Rae,Phone: (613) 285-2750 Northwest
Region:Sgt. Shelley Garr,Phone: (807) 473-2734 Northeast Region:Sgt. Carolle
Dionne,Phone: (705) 845-2738 West Region:Sgt. Dave Rektor, Phone: (519) 652-4156
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