Click-it or ticket.
It’s a phrase most drivers have heard before, but according to officials, 66-percent of drivers killed in car accidents are not wearing their seatbelts.
To combat this problem, Ohio State Highway Patrol, McDonald’s and United Dairy have partnered up to ensure seatbelt safety in Belmont County.
For weeks, the OSHP has surveyed the county’s seven public high schools to get students to click it.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant James Faunda believes the main purpose is for students to create a new habit.
Faunda said that “If you don’t develop that habit when you’re young, you’re not going to wear your seatbelt regularly as an adult. So, if we can save one life through this incentive with the partnership between McDonald’s, and United Diary, and Ohio State Highway Patrol, then it’s a win.”
Next week, the three partners will be handing out one-thousand vouchers for a free McDonald’s sandwich to students who have their seatbelts on. Then later this month, United Dairy will sponsor a billboard in honor of the local high school with the best seatbelt participation record.