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Woman honored for decision to buckle up

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Seatbelts save lives. It's a proven fact, yet still there are some people who refuse to buckle up.

If you're one of them, this just might change your mind.

Police say 23-year-old Ashley Peet is alive today because she put on her seatbelt.

In April of this year, Ashley was riding in the rear seat of a friend's car when another vehicle slammed into them at the intersection of M-57 and Northland Drive.

Ashley spent 19 days in intensive care and has gone through several surgeries, but is expected to be okay.

Her decision to buckle up is being attributed to her father's passion, always encouraging people to use their seat belts.

Her dad, Jack Peet, spent 40 years in traffic safety with the Michigan State Police and AAA spreading the word.

Ashley took his message to heart, and on Friday was honored during a ceremony in Walker.

Ashley's injuries were so severe she suffered a broken collar bone, four broken ribs, several chipped teeth, and liver damage. She also lost her spleen and a third of her pancreas.

Doctors tell her dad there is no doubt the seatbelt saved her life.