NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – Trumbull County Safe Communities and the Ohio State Highway Patrol teamed up Tuesday to recognized some special students and kick off the Click It or Ticket campaign in Trumbull County.
Students who are part of the SMASH program were honored by the patrol for their efforts in educating their peers on safe driving. SMASH stands for Students Making a Safer Highway.
The students create programs all year long to encourage their peers to practice safe habits like wearing a safety belt and putting their cell phones down while behind the wheel.
“They do the program for their peers, with their peers, to get the traffic safety message across before the holidays and before prom, which is a very big time for them,” Kevin Kuriatnyk of Trumbull County Safe Communities said.
The patrol’s Click It or Ticket campaign runs from May 18 to May 31. Extra patrols will be on the highways during those two weeks targeting seat belt violators.