Officials Discuss Seatbelt Safety

November 21, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Area law and safety enforcement officials stressed the importance of wearing a seatbelt and practicing safe driving habits during the Arrive Alive event held Thursday at the University of Mount Union.

Mount Union partnered with area ODOT Offices, Sheriff’s Offices, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Safe Communities Coalitions from Stark, Portage and Mahoning Counties to hold the event, which promoted seat belt use and sober driving throughout the Thanksgiving holiday season.

During the event, students had an opportunity to sign a pledge to always wear a seat belt and never drink and drive. Crash Test Dummies were on site, as were representatives of area law enforcement agencies.

Sergeant Terry Curry of the Stark County Sheriff’s Office showed photographs of an August crash on state Route 62, noting that the driver’s seat belt saved her life. That driver, an area high school student, wrote a letter encouraging her peers to pay attention, look several times before going through a light and always wear a seatbelt.

Also during the event, Mount Union junior Melinda Mason shared about being the victim of a serious alcohol-related accident on April 11, 2013 on state Route 62 and Broadway Avenue Northeast. Mason and her friend Rain Motz, also a junior at Mount Union, both sustained serious injuries due to the crash. Mason told students in attendance to never drink and drive.

"We never think that one person’s unwise decision will ever take a toll on our lives,” Mason said. “The moment you decide to drink and drive, your victim may not be lucky enough to walk away.”

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