“Saved by the Belt” awards presented to rollover crash survivors

Posted at 10:09 PM, Oct 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-27 00:17:05-04

HELENA – This week is National Teen Driver’s Safety Week, and law enforcement in Lewis and Clark County wants to emphasize the importance of buckling up, every trip and every time.

Friday night, Montana Highway Patrol presented two “Saved by the Belt” awards to young Montanans who survived a rollover crash on October 5th outside of Avon.

Officers say if Gabi Eodice and Michael Lavin hadn’t been wearing their seat belts, the crash could have had a very different outcome.

Eodice and Lavin agree.

“Buckle up, because it saves lives,” said Lavin. “We were in a really bad accident, and we wouldn’t be here without it.”

They say they learned to always buckle up when they were young, and now they want to spread awareness about the importance of seat belts.

“Even if you’re on a road trip and you’re crawling in the back to get something, make sure you have everything where you can reach it,” said Eodice. “In a second, something can happen you don’t plan for.”

“Part of our mission is to increase that use of restraints,” said Sgt. Jay Nelson, who’s also the chairman of the Lewis and Clark County DUI Task Force. “As I say, it’s the cheapest life insurance anybody could ever have.”