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May 10, 2013

Lewisville man receives seatbelt award

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“It’s an eye-opener,” he said. “You are doing everything right, just riding along and then something happens.”

Flitter took about six weeks before he felt like getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. He continues physical therapy for his injured leg, which was operated on about two weeks ago.

Flitter’s now an advocate for seat-belt safety. He makes sure anyone who’s with him buckles up. Flitter doesn’t have to remind his wife, Devota, though, she was a regular seat-belt wearer long before his change in attitude.

Saved by the Belt award recipient stories, including Flitter’s, will be shared later this month at the south-central Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths regional workshop May 20 in Mankato.

Crash survivor Cindy Hagen of Mankato will tell her story during local law enforcement's May Mobilization Seat Belt Enforcement kickoff event 10:30 a.m. today at North Mankato Fire Station 2. The promotion is a reminder to motorists and passengers to buckle up, as extra Click It or Ticket patrols take to the road May 20 through June 2. In the past three years, there were 864 traffic deaths on Minnesota roads of which 352 (41 percent) of the victims were not buckled up. Of those 352 fatalities, 41 percent were motorists ages 16-29, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

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