This past Thursday, 3 teens were killed and 2 critically injured as the result of reckless and distracted driving. None of the 5 teens in the car were wearing their seatbelts. The driver was 16 years old, which limits him to only 1 passenger under Ohio's Graduated Driver Licensing law.
I spoke with a dispatch reporter for an article about seatbelt safety, which has been shared over 20,000 times.
Over 2/3rds of teens killed in automobile crashes last year were passengers, and over half of the teens killed in crashes would have survived had they been wearing their seatbelt.
Please speak with your kids, even if they are not driving yet because passengers have a responsibility to make sure everyone in the car arrives to their destination safely.