SPARKS, NV - Rock Boulevard early Wednesday afternoon, not much to speak of as traffic is flowing smoothly.
But back in December of 2001, icy conditions made for slick travel.
And on that day, Heather Flowers was hit head-on by the driver of a car who lost control.
“And I flew through the windshield and a thought went through my head, "Oh, darn it, I wish I had clicked myself in." But I didn't have time." says Flowers.
You can see where her face made impact with the windshield.
The glass is shattered and broken.
But she also sustained leg injuries.
These days you'd never know she was in an accident; her face looks fine after plastic surgery and there are only tiny scars on her legs where doctors had to put plates and screws in her bones.
“Given the OK to drive again. I did buckle up and I encourage everyone to buckle up,” says Heather.
The new habit would prove beneficial when nearly 11 years later, Heather would be in another accident at the roundabout on Kietzke Lane.
“I was yielding to traffic and looked up in the rear view mirror and saw a giant, huge, Nevada good ole boy truck coming at me, and the person unfortunately was talking on the telephone and when I looked in the rear view mirror I thought, uh oh, I'm going to get it again. But I was wearing a seat belt,” says Heather.
Heather would sustain a head injury from the accident when it hit the steering wheel, and she has been diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome.
“And looking at her injuries she sustained by staying in the vehicle, you know, that told me here is another champion who survived a tragic event,” says Trooper Chuck Allen with Nevada Highway Patrol.
The additional “Click it or Ticket” enforcement starts Monday, November 18 and goes to the end of the month.
With funding from a federal grant, additional troopers and other officers will be and out from the sounds of it, they won't be handing out warnings.