Report: Teen killed after unbuckling seat belt to take selfie

Posted at 7:34 PM, May 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-04 20:34:21-04

A family is trying to raise awareness about the importance of seatbelts through TxDOT's "Click It or Ticket Campaign." 

The Mills family said that on Oct. 28, 2017, their daughter Kailee was traveling with friends when the car she was in went out of control and flipped just 400 yards from her home. Houston news station FOX26 reported that Kailee had unbuckled her seatbelt to take a selfie. 

"No family should have to grieve the loss of a loved one whose life was cut short,” said Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director James Bass in a press release. “Last year, more than 900 people killed in traffic crashes were not buckled up, leaving countless families, friends and communities to deal with a tragic loss. Many of these deaths were preventable, but seat belts only work if you use them.”

The "Click It or Ticket" display showcases 929 pairs of shoes in a variety of footwear that represent the victims of those traffic accidents. 

"Our daughter would be here today if she had been wearing her seat belt," said Kailee's father to FOX 26.

Officers are expected to step up enforcement of seat belt laws from May 21 to June 3. 

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