|Without a seat belt, head hits windshield. (Roanoke Times photo)|
Through research and the use of data and graphs, Sturgeon made a compelling case for seat-belt use. Using personal stories and statistics, he provided readers with a personal glimpse into how failure to use a seat belt has impacted people's lives.
Sturgeon found one of the greatest disparities among drivers of pickup trucks, only 60 percent of whom use seat belts in rural areas. The statewide rate for all drivers is 82 percent. Extrapolating the data, he concluded that of the 1,700 unbuckled drivers who died in Virginia from July 2007 to June 2012, at least 600 could have been lived.
To read a report from Sturgeon on how he wrote the "Make It Click" series, click here.