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Just Drive: Buckling up can save a life

Students at Adair County R-II School in Brashear learned just how important it is to drive safely, and buckle up. (KTVO)

Students at Adair County R-II School in Brashear learned just how important it is to drive safely, and buckle up.

They heard from the Assistant Director for ThinkFirst Missouri Penny Anderson.

When she was 17, the injuries from a crash less than half a mile away from her home paralyzed her from the waist down.

Another speaker, Chad Burton, was also 17 when he was driving and collided head on with another driver who had been drinking.

Because of that crash, he's now not able to use most of the left side of his body.

School officials in Brashear, and across the Heartland, are taking extra caution to prepare young drivers to be ready for the road.

"We want to get as much information as we can all the time to our new drivers, and our experienced drivers, just so that they'll be safe, they'll be aware of things, and really try to make sure they are not distracted when they're driving,” said Shelly Shipman, Adair County R-II Schools superintendent.

‘Just Drive’ is KTVO's initiative to keep drivers safe on the roadways.

Remember: Don't drive distracted or impaired, and always buckle up.

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