‘Smarties’ wear their seat belts at Miami East High School

CASSTOWN — On Tuesday, Sept. 22, as part of National Farm Safety and Health Awareness Week, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held a Seat Belt Awareness Activity. As students exited the parking lot at Miami East High School, the drivers were stopped and their seat belts were checked.

All student drivers and passengers were inspected for wearing their seat belt. They received a “Smarties” candy because seat belts save lives and drivers are smart to wear their seat belt. Any student drivers or passengers not wearing their seat belts were instructed to put on their seat belt immediately.

Results of the event proved that a majority of the drivers at Miami East High School do wear their seat belt. Over 50 drivers and passengers were presented candy with 96.3% of drivers were wearing their seat belt and the remainder not wearing the seat belt. Similar results as were collected last fall when 93.9% of drivers were wearing their seat belt.

The first seat belt was in a Volvo vehicle in 1849. On Feb. 15, 1885, the seat belt patent was given to Edward J. Claghorn. By the 1930s doctors were requesting the vehicles be equipped with the restraining device. By the 1950s they were seen regularly in automobiles. Then, legislation in 1966-1968 made them mandatory for all cars.

The FFA’s Safety Committee would like to encourage all drivers to slowdown and wear their seat belt. Committee members involved in this activity were Sydney Brittain, Ava Prince and Braden Zekas.