(Posted May 26, 2021)
Jessica Trimble of West Jefferson joined Ohio’s “Saved by the Belt” Club on after her safety belt saved her from sustaining life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred on State Route 161 in Madison County on Feb. 24.
On May 24, Lt. Robert A. Curry, West Jefferson Post commander for the Ohio State Highway Patrol, presented Trimble with a “Saved by the Belt” certificate signed by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J. Stickrath and Col. Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent.
“Jessica is a living testimony to the effectiveness of safety belts,” Curry said. “Everyone needs to buckle up every trip, every time.”
Provisional data from 2020 shows 487 people in Ohio were killed in traffic crashes where a safety belt was available but not in use.
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. The club is designed to recognize people who have benefited from their decision to wear safety belts.
Trimble also received a “Saved by the Belt” license plate bracket.
Following the award presentation, the Madison County Safe Communities Coalition brought awareness to area residents during its annual Click It or Ticket kick-off. The event was the start of the nationwide Click It or Ticket high-visibility seat belt enforcement campaign that started May 24 and runs through June 6.
The Safe Communities Coalition conducted a seat belt check as drivers entered the London Kroger parking lot on Lafayette Street. This event was sponsored by Terry Family Ice Cream Shoppe, which gave coupon for free soft serve ice cream cones to those “caught” wearing their seat belt. Data collected at the event showed that 80.2 percent of residents were wearing their seat belt.
Agencies present at the event were Madison County Public Health, Madison County Emergency Management Agency, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, London Police Department, West Jefferson Police Department, Plain City Police Department, and the West Jefferson Post of the State Highway Patrol.