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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

December 22, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A crash this weekend in which both a Decatur County Sheriff's deputy and EMT were ejected from their vehicle and later died from injuries stresses the need for seat belt use in Georgia.

33-year-old Melanie Wood and her passenger 39-year-old Regina Daniels were both ejected from the vehicle in that single car accident on Highway 319 North at Sutton Road Friday night.

Safety experts say your best protection on the highways is your safety belt, and by buckling up, your chances of surviving a crash dramatically increase.

"Are improved by about 75 percent. It's awful to have to recover from a broken leg or a broken arm but that's certainly much better than the alternative," says Michele Demott of Albany Safe Communities.

The holiday travel period begins in two days and the Department of Transportation Crash Reporting Unit is predicting more than two thousand crashes and as many as 19 deaths.

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