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Union Local students awarded for safe driving

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Local students have been recognized for their safety on the roadways.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has awarded students at Union Local High School with the 2017 Seat Belt Survey Award.

Officers went to all seven high schools in Belmont County to see just how many students buckled up in the car.

Union Local had the highest percentage, with 86% of students wearing their seat belts.

Lt. James Faunda said he’s proud that these students work to stay safe while driving, but there is always room for improvement.

“And as I talked to the students, I told them we should be at 100%. A seat belt is the only thing that will save your life if you are in a traffic crash, and that crash doesn’t have to be your fault,” said Faunda.

The school is now recognized with a billboard on Route 149 by the school.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said they would also like to thank United Dairy and McDonalds who helped with the campaign.

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