Paulding man joins Ohio’s ‘Saved by the Belt’ club

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Paulding resident Earl Chapman joined Ohio’s ‘Saved by the Belt’ club today after his seat belt saved him from life-threatening injuries. The accident happened on State Route 637 at State Route 613 in Paulding County on June 25, 2022.

Ohio Highway Patrol Lt. Tim Grigsby and Trooper Kevin Krill 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.

“Mr. Chapman is a living testament to the effectiveness of seat belts,” said Lt. Grigsby, Van Wert Post commander. “Everyone must buckle up on every trip, every time.”

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 on to the Patrol Seat Belt Dashboard at www.SeatBeltDashboard.ohio.gov.

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.

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

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