Teen Credits Traffic Ticket With Saving Her Life


A teenager credited a traffic citation with saving her life after she was involved in a serious crash, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported on Saturday.

Taylor Newland said that she started wearing her seat belt because of a ticket she received a week before she crashed her SUV last year.

"I was like a regular teenager. I thought I was invincible," Newland s

A Delaware police officer pulled Newland over in May 2011 for speeding and gave her a ticket for not wearing her seat belt.

"I clocked her speeding. And then as she went by me. I noticed that she didn't have her seat belt on," Officer Bill Eusey said.

Newland, 18, admitted trying to get away with it.

"I put my seat belt on when he pulled me over, and I was fine. Obviously, he noticed it and cited me for it. I was pretty upset about it," Newland said.

After rolling her SUV onto its top, she was now looking at it differently.

"That $30 seat belt ticket saved my life. And honestly, if I didn't get pulled over that day, I don't know if I'd be here," Newland said.

One year later, she was now thanking Officer Eusey for ticketing her that day.

"It makes you feel good," Eusey said. "Obviously, we get a lot of complaints. So if somebody thanks you, it makes your day and makes your job meaningful."

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