Megan Miller Family
Megan Miller was killed in a car crash on US 60 in Owensboro on March 19, 2006. While Megan faithfully wore her safety belt, she was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash.
Her parents, Tim and Mischelle Miller, wanted to do something to honor her memory. They chose to channel their grief into “Buckle Up for Megan.” The program initially focused on urging Megan’s teenage friends to always buckle up when driving.
Over the last 6 years, the effort has evolved into an effort to promote safety belt use by teens and adults across the region. With help from daughter, Morgan, their son, Miles, other family members, and friends, they have raised funds to purchase billboards in the Owensboro area. They have put together presentations for schools and manned booths at community events, all aimed at promoting safety belt use.
To support their work promoting safety and seat belt use, the Miller family has established a Facebook Cause page at http://www.causes.com/causes/131734-buckle-up-for-megan.
They use the page to remind everyone that: (1) Seatbelts save lives, and (2) It only takes 2 seconds to click it!
To commemorate the anniversary of Megan’s death, the Miller family has put together a week of activities to promote safety belt use at area schools. Those activities include:
So far this year, 60% of the 122 people who have died on Kentucky highways were not wearing a safety belt. Seat belt use has been increasing and now averages 88% nationally. However there are still groups less likely to wear seat belts: teens, commercial drivers, males in rural areas, pick-up truck drivers, people driving at night, and people who have been drinking. Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wearing a seat belt can reduce your risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. Seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004 to 2008. Forty-two percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2007 were unbelted. A 2009 NHTSA study indicates more than 1,600 lives could be saved and 22,000 injuries prevented annually if safety belt use reached a 90 percent level in every state.
*Information from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet