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The Great Smoky Mountain Journal


Posted: Tuesday, January 01, 2019 02:21 PM

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TN Highway Safety Office, Country Music Singer Mickey Gilley Coming Together To Promote Seat Belt Usage

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and country music singer Mickey Gilley are coming together to promote seat belt usage.

Gilley survived a rollover crash in Texas on Jan. 3. His vehicle was hit by another car who failed to halt at a stop sign.

Gilley received several injuries including a fractured ankle, fractured shoulder, cracked sternum and a cracked rib.

"Had I not been wearing my seatbelt, I'm sure I would've been ejected," said Gilley. "My car rolled about three times over. I want to share my story with Tennesseans to encourage everyone in the South to take pride in wearing seatbelts, because seatbelts do save lives."

Around 80 people died in Tennessee in rollover crashes last year. Thirty-two of those people were not wearing a seat belt.