Buckle up. At all times.
That was the sobering message delivered yesterday at a news conference when the parents of young Kailee, along with METRO, partnered to spread the word: Buckle up for Kailee.
Kailee was only 16 years old when she left with her friends and rode as a passenger in a car only blocks from her home. She unbuckled for a few seconds to take a selfie on Oct. 28, 2017– and the car veered off the road. She was thrown out and killed while her three friends walked away with minor cuts and bruises.
Kailee was the only one not wearing her seat belt.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. Young driver crashes represent almost 18 percent of all crashes in the Houston-area region, according to the Houston-Galveston Area Council.
In 2016, more than 30,000 crashes involved young teens. Of those, 579 resulted in serious injury, and 62 were fatal.
The Kailee Mills Foundation, formed in 2017, focuses on educating young and old on the importance of wearing a seat belt. Click below to see highlights from yesterday's press conference as METRO officials tell why safety is also the No. One priority at METRO.
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