On Friday Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers and support staff, from Georgetown and Wilmington posts, along with ACOVSD Administrators, and SRO Officers visited the Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center and West Union High School, in an effort to promote safe driving habits among students.
The troopers, along with OVSD school resource officers, distributed Smarties candies to student drivers and their passengers who were wearing their seat belts. Those who were not wearing seat belts were given a Dum Dums sucker.
The activity was done in a lighthearted manner, but the underlying message was clear: wearing seat belts can save lives.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts are the most effective safety device in vehicles today. They can reduce the risk of serious injury or death by up to 50 percent in the event of a crash.
The visit was well-received by the students, who were happy to receive the candies and learn about the importance of seat belt use. The event was a great example of how law enforcement can work with schools and communities to promote safety and educate young drivers. It also served as a reminder to all drivers that seat belts are an essential part of safe driving, and should always be worn, no matter how short the trip may be.