Holiday weekend deadly accidents are a reminder to buckle up

MADISON, Ala. - The death of two local teenagers over the holiday weekend is a sad reminder to wear your seat belt.

"In this day and age there's been so much education regarding seat belts. I think that we know what we're supposed to do, but we've got a lot of distractions nowadays that are getting into the car with us," said Captain John Stringer with the Madison Police Department.

We've heard it before, click it or ticket. However, many still don't live the words out.

"Whether we are planning for holiday travel, or we have the kids with us or we're trying to do some holiday shopping, we've got a lot of distractions this time of year. Sometimes it's very easy to forget those things that we do every single day. Putting that seatbelt on is one of them," Stringer said.

In many accidents, seat belts can save lives. That's why it's so important.

"Sometimes people think that seat belts are cumbersome, that they mess up our clothes that has a few wrinkles in it than to be involved in a collision, and be hurt, or maybe even hurt somebody else," Stringer explained.

As a driver you are responsible for those who ride with you. Stringer said you need to stress to your passengers to put their seat belts on. In some cases you might have to be stern by telling them you aren't starting the car until they buckle it.

Under Alabama law, everyone who is riding in the front seat should have a seat belt on. If you do not, you can be fined $25.00.