A western Iowa girl has taken a tragic event in her life and turned it into something she hopes will educate others. A.H.S.T. sophomore Lexy Rose wrote a proclamation that the governor will sign this week to designate a seatbelt awareness day. The idea came out of an accident she had.
Rose says she suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident on March fourth of 2006 after she unbuckled her seatbelt when the car lost control. “I want someone to….learn that it is important to buckle up and stay buckled,” Rose says.
The accident left Rose unable to walk or talk and after rehabilitation, she still has problems with her right arm. Rose came up with the idea for declaring a seatbelt awareness day from a project that required her to come up with a new law. She says since there is already a law requiring everyone to buckle up, she decided to write a proclamation.
Rose says the proclamation state that March fourth of every year will be “National Seatbelt Awareness Day.” She says she plans to talk with students at local schools about the proclamation. Lexy’s dad, Will Rose, is proud of his daughter’s effort.
“She’s kind of my hero, she’s taught me a lot about life in general and how important it is that everybody should not go through what we went through that day,” Rose said. The governor will sign Lexy’s proclamation this Thursday (March 17).
By Joel McCall, KNOD, Harlan