Caledonia Woman Joins Ohio’s Saved by the Belt Club – WKTN

Rider Christian M. Reed and Keira Franks

(MARION) – Caledonia resident Keira Franks joined Ohio’s “Saved by the Belt” club today after her seat belt saved her from life-threatening injuries. The crash happened on Marion County Route 174 on March 23.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Christian M. Reed, Marion Post, presented him with a “saved by the belt” certificate signed by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J. Stickrath, and Col. Richard S. Fambro, Patrol Superintendent.

“Keira is a living testament to the effectiveness of seat belts,” said Lt. Lance Shearer, Marion Post Commander. “Everyone must buckle up on every trip, every time.” “Today was a good day, when the soldier who investigated the serious accident was able to present an award to a living person for choosing to wear their seat belt.”

Preliminary 2021 data shows that 565 people in Ohio were killed in traffic crashes where a seat belt was available, but not used. For up-to-date seat belt statistics and information, log in to the Patrol Seat Belt Dashboard at:

The “Saved by the Belt” club is a joint effort of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and more than 400 Ohio law enforcement agencies. This club is designed to recognize people who have benefited from their decision to wear seat belts.

Keira also received a “belt-saved” license plate holder.


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