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Law enforcement joins forces with high school students to spread the word on seatbelt safety during holidays

Jan 04, 2020 03:21PM

Members of the Utah Highway Patrol and local police officers in partnership with the Utah County Health Department, Utah Valley Medical Center Trauma Unit, and Nebo School District gave high school-aged students a seatbelt safety reminder.

As school let out at the high schools on Dec. 10, including Springville High, Maple Mountain High, Spanish Fork High, Salem Hills High, and Payson High Schools, approximately 100 officers and student council representatives handed out more than 10,000 candy canes and 8,000 Lifesaver candies to students.

The student council also created motivational signs to remind students the importance of wearing a seatbelt, especially this time of year.

Trooper Blake Bradford, Utah Highway Patrol, said the best Christmas gift “would be to have no fatalities in the state of Utah, so everyone can spend the holidays as a family, the way it should be.”

Salem Chief of Police, Brad James, said, “This is a great opportunity for us to interact with our students in a positive way as we promote safety.”

“We are grateful to partnership with the Utah Highway Patrol and local law enforcement in keeping students safe,” said Superintendent Rick Nielsen.

“We encourage all students and staff to wear seat belts and save lives especially during this holiday season.” (Serve Daily submission.)