Families of Utah teens killed in crashes plead for safety

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 23 2013 7:22 p.m. MDT

“The most important thing my family begs of people to learn from my sister’s accident is the importance of safe driving and the importance of wearing your seatbelt,” said Sheeran, who is a student leader of the “Don’t Drive Stupid” campaign at South Summit High School.

Only about half of the teens killed last year were wearing seat belts, according to Carlos Braceras, executive director of UDOT. He said all 10 Utah teens who have lost their lives so far in 2013 were not wearing seat belts.

Braceras urged everyone to beware of drowsy driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving and not buckling up.

“Seat belts can and do save lives. There’s no question about it.” Braceras said. “Let’s buckle up.”

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