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Nash County woman makes life-changing decision to buckle up

Posted on October 4, 2021

Updated on October 11, 2021

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Nash County resident Muriel Walker says she's alive today because of an important decision she made early last year: She buckled up.

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Nash County resident Muriel Walker says she's alive today because of an important decision she made early last year: She buckled up.

Muriel Walker's Chevy Cruze was severely damaged in a wreck last year, but she survived thanks to her seat belt.

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Muriel Walker's Chevy Cruze was severely damaged in a wreck last year, but she survived thanks to her seat belt.

Nash County resident Muriel Walker says she's alive today because of an important decision she made early last year: She buckled up.

Contributed photo

Nash County resident Muriel Walker says she's alive today because of an important decision she made early last year: She buckled up.

Muriel Walker's Chevy Cruze was severely damaged in a wreck last year, but she survived thanks to her seat belt.

Contributed photo

Muriel Walker's Chevy Cruze was severely damaged in a wreck last year, but she survived thanks to her seat belt.

Muriel Walker's Chevy Cruze was severely damaged in a wreck last year, but she survived thanks to her seat belt.
Nash County resident Muriel Walker says she's alive today because of an important decision she made early last year: She buckled up.

ROCKY MOUNT — Buckling up saved Muriel Walker’s life.

One day last year, Walker headed home from her job in Rocky Mount. She got onto N.C. Highway 43 and crossed over Interstate 95 when a car came shooting off the southbound exit ramp, according to a press statement released by Julia Casadonte, communications manager for the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

Walker couldn’t stop her Chevrolet Cruze in time and T-boned the other car. Her car was destroyed. But she wasn’t hurt.

“If I had not been wearing my seat belt, this wreck would have had a totally different outcome,” Walker said.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program honored Walker with its October “Saved By the Belt” certificate for sharing her story with others.

“We hope that by highlighting instances where real North Carolinians’ lives were impacted by the decision to buckle their seat belt, we can inspire others to make this a part of their routine every time they get behind the wheel,” said NCGHSP Director Mark Ezzell.

In 2020, 865 North Carolinians not wearing a seat belt were killed in crashes. October is the deadliest month on North Carolina roads. The leading contributor to those deaths is not wearing a seat belt, Ezzell said.

Buckling up can be one of the simplest ways to reduce the risk of serious injury or death in car crashes.

“I am amazed and also thankful that the simplest habit like buckling up played such a huge part of me being here today so I can see my grandchildren grow up,” Walker said.

Motorists can share their “Saved by the Belt” stories to raise awareness by visiting @NCGHSP on Facebook and @NC_GHSP on Twitter and Instagram. For more information, visit www.ncghsp.org.

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