Niles students emphasize safe driving

Lt. Brian Holt of the Ohio State Highway Patrol

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) —  With prom and graduation season under way, area high school students are celebrating and having fun, but it can also be a time of tragedy.

Students involved in the SMASH program at Niles McKinley High School held an assembly Wednesday morning for students who plan to attend this weekend’s prom. SMASH stands for Students
Making A Safer Highway.

The group put on a small program with the hopes of sending a message about the dangers of impaired driving, distracted driving and why it’s important to wear a seat belt.

“The weather is breaking and sometimes we see where people become a little more haphazard so to speak and so we want to make sure that everybody is making good decisions arrives safely and has a good time,” said Lt. Brian Holt from the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Warren.

SMASH memebrs came up with the idea of wearing seat belts as part of their project.

“We were talking to Officer Crank and he came up with the idea and we met one Saturday and we put them all together and then we had our National Honor Society new members and old members wear them throughout this week,” said Niles junior Sarah Pack.

Schools across Trumbull County take part in the SMASH program. State police report that Trumbull County is the highest in the state when it comes to fatal crashes.

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