Newest Saved By The Belt Story

Honoring traffic crash survivors who were buckled up is a positive method for agencies to show their communities that seat belt use is important, and that officers care that motorists obey the law. The Saved by the Belt program gives law enforcement agencies, occupant protection programs and other safety partners the opportunity to spread the word about the importance of seat belt use.

Honoring the Life Saving Choice of 3 Survivors: June 23, 2021 Horrific Collision Crash

Wearing their seat belts saved my officers’ lives. ~Chief Grizzle, Decatur Police Department, a second-generation law enforcement officer, following his father in law enforcement and 2020 Benton County Officer of the Year award recipient.

Local News Article

https://www.4029tv.com/article/decatur-officers-hurt-highway-59-crash-gravette/36830970

Though we were injured and Officer Taylor suffering the worst of it; there’s no doubt in my mind one of the reasons we are alive today is because we were wearing seat belts…-Luke Rouhseland, Officer Decatur Police Department (pictured to the right)

DECATUR, Ark. — Police Department

Decatur Police shared these photos of the crash scene from June 23, 2021.

...Decatur Police Chief Stephen Grizzle said Officer Taylor Bruning was driving the cruiser when he lost control and drove into oncoming traffic. Decatur's mayor said the cruiser crashed into a pickup truck. Officer Taylor Bruning was airlifted to the hospital after the collision on HWY 59 outside of Decatur. About Bruning's passenger in the June 23 crash. Other than a broken ankle, Officer Luke Rouhselang also had to get stitches on his arm. According to Arkansas State Police crash report, Officer Bruning and Officer Rouhselang were both wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Make The Life Saving Choice Buckle Up Arkansas!

Arkansas State Police - Highway Safety Office

If you have survived a traffic crash in the state of Arkansas because of your choice to buckle up, submit your story here.

Officials said Nate Payne, 17, of Oklahoma was the other driver/survivor involved in the HWY 59 collision. He was expected to be released from the hospital the week of June 28. From Arkansas State Police crash report, Mr. Payne was wearing a seat belt.*

Decatur Police Department (Crashed Vehicle - Officer Taylor's Vest Before & After)

Decatur police chief said two of his officers were hurt in a crash on Highway 59 Wednesday night [June 23, 2021].

The Decatur Police Chief said the officers were driving on Highway 59 to serve a warrant when the crash happened.

Note from AHSO: We acknowledge this is an ongoing story as the three individuals involved in this tragic event recuperate and recover. We wish them the best in their journey to heal. We hope to hear from Officer Taylor a little bit later as he suffered the most serious injuries.

*Sources: https://www.4029tv.com/article/decatur-officers-hurt-highway-59-crash-gravette/36830970

https://katv.com/news/local/two-arkansas-police-officers-hurt-in-two-car-accident-identified

https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/may/18/decatur-chief-gets-officer-of-year-award/

Make The Life Saving Choice Buckle Up Arkansas!

Arkansas State Police - Highway Safety Office

If you have survived a traffic crash in the state of Arkansas because of your choice to buckle up, submit your story here.