Early Monday Alachua County Sheriff's Office teamed up with several state and local agencies to remind students to buckle up. Reminder signs will be unveiled at Alachua County High Schools in the next few weeks.
"Teenagers listen and take advice and accept instruction," said Tom Solberg. He lost his son in a car crash just last year. Richard Jaggers was 16 years old. "Richard's death has had a tremendous effect on everybody we had to change our normal that we used to know, to a new normal."
And now parents, educators, and law enforcement want to remind students the simple steps that can save lives. Sheriff Sadie Darnell says drivers from ages 15 to 20 are at the highest risk of death in a traffic crash. "The notification of someone killed is very difficult it is one of the hardest things we do in law enforcement," says Sheriff Darnell.
Young people are also least likely to use a seat belt. According to the Alachua County Sheriff every 12 seconds there is a traffic crash nationwide so it is important to buckle up.
Sgt. Levy is in charge of the Teen Driver Program. He understands the difficulty of notifying family members.
"We try to help console them as much as we can. We want other families involved," Sgt. Levy said. Newberry High School had 4 deaths that were all traffic related. The signs will be posted near the exits of all Alachua County High Schools. To see more of this story please see video on right:
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