10 Car Crash Survivors Proudly Pose For A Photo Series To Raise Awareness About Seatbelt Safety



The NZ Transport Agency is running a campaign that aims to reduce the number of deaths dues to traffic accidents. The campaign dubbed belting up is going viral for the shocking portraits used. Seat belts are being celebrated as survival badges of honor. According to the agency, 90% of road accident victims die each year because they were not wearing seatbelts. Mostly composed of young men in rural areas. 10 real-life crash survivors wore with recreated post-crash injuries wore proudly their seatbelts lashes showing how a simple act could save your life.

“A seatbelt really does leave a mark like this,” emergency medical specialist Dr. Natasha McKay, who provided her expertise to the project, explained. “They will save your life, but they will leave you a mark to show how they’ve done it.”

The portraits have been recreated in billboards across the country as more people get involved in the campaign. The survivors released emotional videos that told their own stories. The aim was to get people into giving out their survival stories and stressing out the importance of seatbelts.

Will Carberry’s got into a tragic car accident that saw his car crashing into a power pole at speed before flipping over onto his side. He was lucky to survive the horrific accident because he was wearing a seatbelt. While the bruises on his chest speak out loudly, he thought it better to reinforce it saying: “F***ing put a seatbelt on,” was his blunt message to guys who think they are invincible.

 “It doesn’t matter how short the trip is. You never know who’s going to come out of the intersection and t-bone ya or reverse out of a driveway, or an old lady going down the road, having a stroke.”

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