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Raising awareness about seat belt safety

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A photo of Margaret Still's son, Wesley A photo of Margaret Still's son, Wesley
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Margaret Still lost her 9-year-old sonWesley in 2008. Saturday, she shared her emotional story to help other peopleremember to buckle up every time they get in the car, because it could mean thedifference between life and death.

"I lost both of my parents, my mom andmy dad and my son who was 9 at the time. Six years ago to this day," Stillsaid. "None of them were wearing a seatbelt. They all passed away and I feelthat seat belts are very important.

Margaret said she doesn't go a daywithout thinking about her son, who would have turned 15-years-old this year.

The crash happened in Montana, whileWesley had been visiting his grandparents. But here in the Grand Canyon State,there are alarming numbers involving deadly crashes, according to statisticsfrom Arizona Highway Patrol.

According to DPS, in 2003, nearly halfof all people who died in a car crash throughout the state were not wearing aseat belt.

In Arizona, not wearing a seat belt isa secondary offense. However, DPS says they conduct "dedicated restraintenforcement" throughout the year.

In Pima County, it can cost you $70 ifyou are cited for not wearing a seat belt, for a first offense.

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