(LIMA) – Brookville resident Avery Gibson joined Ohio’s “Saved by the Belt” club earlier this week after his safety belt saved him from sustaining life-threatening injuries in a crash which occurred on State Route 65 in Allen County on January 24.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Justin Powell, Lima Post assistant commander, presented him with a “Saved by the Belt” certificate signed by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J. Stickrath and Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent.
“Avery is a living testimony to the effectiveness of safety belts,” Lieutenant Tim Grigsby, Lima Post commander 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. This club is designed to recognize people who have benefited from their decision to wear safety belts.
Avery also received a “Saved by the Belt” license plate bracket.