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NLR Student Promoting Seat Belt Safety

S.A.F.E program implemented in schools.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Auto crashes involving teens have a tremendous impact and are a tragedy for our nation. The numbers show 4,000 teens are killed every year, and 300-thousand more are injured, many with life changing consequences.

Now, one North Little Rock student is determined to change some of those numbers.

Senior Raygan Sylvester is focused when it comes to teaching the North Little Rock High School Show Choir, all the right moves.

"I love it! I've been dancing competitively for 13 years," he says.

She's also passionate about saving lives, and so she's created the S.A.F.E. (Seat Belts Are for Everyone) program, after watching her brother almost die in a car crash in 2010.

"The only reason he survived is because he was wearing his seat belt, so from that moment that's when I decided, I wanted to become involved in seat belt safety," adds Sylvester.

Her message, one for everyone, elementary students, especially teens and even mom and dad.

"With parents I let them know the statistics, 47 percent of children say they don't wear their seat belt every time they're in a car, and 12 lives could be saved every year," she says.

These numbers are the very reason why Gary Garrison with State Farm Insurance is donating $5,000 to the Mayor's Youth Council, so the program can be implemented in schools.

"What's so important about the S.A.F.E. Project, is that what the NLR Mayor's Youth Council is doing, is that this is a case of teens influencing teens," he says.

Raygan says taking the time to buckle up for safety, is just as easy as learning the latest dance moves.
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