Nebraska State Patrol Troop D raises seat belt awareness at North Platte High School

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. It's a chilling scene teens see often.

"I've just seen too many wrecks in my day," said North Platte High School tenth grader Elizabeth Lucero. "My brother has been in a lot of wrecks and I feel a lot safer with my seat belt on."

It's a message local law enforcement are hoping to drive home to students.

"Kids get a little wild because they are anxious to get out of school and during the summer months when we don't see them as much, we just want to encourage them to have a safe summer and that includes wearing their seat belts," said North Platte High School Resource Officer Jeremiah Johnson.

According to the Nebraska Strategic Highway Safety Plan, drivers between 16 to 20 years of age represent the highest number of unbelted fatalities and more than half of young drivers involved in fatal crashes were not wearing seat belts.

"There are a lot of crazy drivers and I've went through a pretty bad accident one time and I just don't want to go through the windshield," said North Platte High School tenth grader Montana Baird.

On Wednesday, Sergeant Bob Veal with the Nebraska State Patrol Troop D paid a special visit to students to try to get them to buckle up.

"You just kind of put it back on them to kind of remind them that they do have a responsibility if they are going to be out there sharing the road with me and my family; that they do have a responsibility to keep themselves safe and us," Sergeant Veal said.

The campaign was made possible through funding from the Nebraska Department of Roads and the Highway Safety Office.

Law enforcement says the fine for not wearing your seat belt is $25.