Troopers, local agencies and Nebo School District Student Body Officers alongside school staff joined together to spread Christmas cheer and remind students about the importance of wearing seatbelts over the holiday season. Around 5000 donated candy canes were handed out to those buckling up as they departed Nebo School District High Schools’ parking lots.
LEOs traveled to the five different high schools in the Nebo District: Spanish Fork, Springville, Maple Mountain, Salem Hills and Payson High Schools. They surprised students with candy canes and tips for staying safe on the roads.
The holiday season is one of the deadliest times on Utah roads. In 2017, there were 48 traffic accident fatalities in November and December.
UHP Trooper Blake Bradford said, “I’d like to see one time in my career, to go through a Christmas season without a fatality.”
The Click-it for a Candy Cane program is a fun reminder for students to stay safe during their holiday travels.
“We thought we’d do something positive in the community, and we thought we’d start with the 33,000 students in our five area high schools,” said Sgt. Nick Street.