Seatbelt Check At Eastern Kentucky High School

The first thing 18 year old Kayla Case does in the car is put on her seat belt.

She's not alone. Without telling anyone, representatives from the Big Sandy Area Development District spent Tuesday at Betsy Layne High School just watching cars on campus and monitoring how many people were wearing seat belts.

"You get realistic statistics when you do that," says guidance Counselor Vicky Ratliff. "Whereas if we had prepared the students, then it would have been obvious they would have buckled up and done something they don't normally do."

But the survey results showed almost all students, whether a driver or a passenger, do buckle up...a statistic highway officials say not many high schools can boast.

Now there is a sign, in their school colors, is recognition from the highway department for their survey results. Not many schools have these, but officials say the message to teen drivers means more than this honor.

A lesson they got outside of the classroom.

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