The following is a release from the Hinsdale Police Department:
The Hinsdale Police Department presented Mark Kusper of Stickney, IL with a Saved by the Belt award on Dec. 19, 2012 after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash on Oct. 5, but survived because he was buckled up at the time of the crash.
“Mark Kusper is a living example that seat belts save lives,” Hinsdale Police Chief Brad Bloom said. “Hopefully, this public notice will remind others in the community of the importance of wearing seat belts while traveling in motor vehicles."
Kusper was driving a Buick Century at approximately 3:19 p.m. on Oct. 5 in the westbound lanes of Ogden Avenue near Adams Street when he was struck head-on by a vehicle that was traveling eastbound on Ogden. Kusper was transported to Good Samaritan hospital in Downers Grove to be treated for injuries from the crash.
Motorists are reminded that a new law took effect Jan. 1, 2012 requiring everyone, no matter the age or seating position, to wear a safety belt. Children are required to ride in a car seat or booster seat until at least age 8.
Research done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has shown that lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat occupants (age 5 and older) of passenger cars by 45 percent and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50 percent.
The Saved by the Belt program is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation. It is a statewide program to increase awareness of the lifesaving value of safety belts through public recognition of individuals who survived traffic crashes because they were properly buckled up.
For more information on safety belt use, please visit www.buckleupillinois.org.