Young drivers at a Belmont County High School got a surprise for buckling up when they take a ride.
Barnesville High School students who drive to and from school received some special recognition Tuesday. The Ohio State Highway Patrol presented them with the Seat Belt Usage Award.
Of all the high schools in Belmont County, they had the highest number of students who buckled up. Officials said an astounding 90% of students from the High School buckle up.
“Yes, I always use my seatbelt. It makes me feel safer and along with my passengers. I usually take my niece so I always make sure she wears her seat belt so her and my family are always safe,” said Barnesville High School senior, Hunter Miller.
Fellow senior, Braden Reynolds said,”I always use my seatbelt. I feel it necessary to, whenever I get in a vehicle, I feel better. Just wearing a seat belt I feel safer.”
“The way we tally that is we come out twice a year and we look at student drivers as they pull into the parking lot. And we tally who is wearing their seat belt and also how many passengers are not wearing their seatbelt. So we tally drivers and their passengers,” said Sergeant Drew Hertlein with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
The Highway Patrol does the seat belt survey in the spring and fall.
Barnesville High School will now be featured on billboards across the County.