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Thankful for Seat Belts

Six teens who survived a roll over crash near Sundance on October 15th helped share an important message to Utahns before Thanksgiving travel gets started: buckle up.

As they headed to homecoming, the truck left the road and rolled down a 30 foot embankment.

Kaylee Dial said “Even though we were rolling a lot, I just felt secure in my seat” because she was buckled up.

Picture of truck teens were in when it rolled in Sundance Canyon

“They made a critically good decision to put their seat belts on,” said Utah Highway Patrol Colonel Michael Rapich. “It gave them the ability to survive the crash.”

Trooper Janet Miller and Colonel Rapich sit with teens who survived crash because of seat belts

Trooper Janet Miller and Colonel Rapich sit next to the teens at the media event.


As people hit the road, officers throughout the state will be working Click It or Ticket overtime shifts.

Remind everyone in your family to buckle up – every trip, every time. The teens are living proof that seat belts save lives.

Teens who survived roll over crash in Sundance Canyon wear "Living Proof" shirts

Watch this video and think about what you are thankful for.

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