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Crash survivor joins ‘Saved by the Belt’ Club

Ohio State Patrol Lieutenant Leslie D. Brode, Lisbon Post Commander, presented Keara Preston with a special certificate and license plate frame after she buckled up and survived a serious car accident. Shown Also is a photo of her wrecked vehicle. (Submitted photos)

LISBON – Keara Preston from New Waterford was involved in a serious car accident on state Route 14 in October. But one decision that she made that day likely saved her life: she buckled up her seatbelt. Today, Preston is a member of Ohio’s “Saved by the Belt” Club.

Designed to recognize people who buckled up and benefited, the “Saved by the Belt” Club is a joint effort by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and more than 400 Ohio law enforcement agencies to increase awareness.

Ohio State Patrol Lieutenant Leslie D. Brode, Lisbon Post Commander, presented Preston with a special certificate Jan 10 to celebrate the occasion.

“Keara is a living testimony to the effectiveness of safety belts,” he said. According to Patrol data, in 2020, 501 people were killed in traffic crashes after not using their seatbelt. “Everyone needs to buckle up every trip, every time,” Brode said.

According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety, not buckling up is a factor in more crash fatalities than any other traffic-safety related behavior.

llehman@mojonews.com

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