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Negley woman joins safety belt club

Lisbon- Negley resident Rita K. Deem joined Ohio’s “Saved by the Belt” Club on Nov. 13 after her safety belt saved her from sustaining life-threatening injuries. The incident occurred on state Route 164 on Glasgow Road in Columbiana County on May 24.

Lieutenant Leslie D. Brode, Lisbon Post, presented her with a “Saved by the Belt” certificate, signed by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J. Stickrath and Patrol Superintendent Colonel Richard S. Fambro.

“Rita is a living testimony to the effectiveness of safety belts,” Brode said. “Everyone needs to buckle up every trip, every time.”

In 2018, 419 people 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. They also receive a “Saved by the Belt” license plate bracket.

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