Manchester juvenile joins Ohio ‘Saved by the Belt’ club

Manchester resident Myiah Eversole joined Ohio’s Saved by the Belt club on Thursday after her seat belt saved her from life-threatening injuries.

The accident happened on State Route 136 in Adams County on July 8. She was the only occupant of the vehicle to be restrained. Other people involved in the accident were seriously injured.

Lt. Charles A. Jordan, commanding officer of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Georgetown station, presented Eversole with a “Saved by the Belt” certificate signed by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J .Stickrath, and Col. Charles A. Jones, superintendent of the patrol.

“Myiah is a living testament to the effectiveness of seat belts,” Lt. Jordan said. “Everyone must buckle up on every trip, every time.”

Data from 2021 shows that 576 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 https://www.safetybeltdashboard.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.

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