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Taking two-seconds to buckle up can save a life, and a lifetime of regret

Crash survivor Kayle Denney with Think First Missouri told students how a spinal cord injury from an accident 10 years ago is still impacting her life (KTVO)

High school students in Green City learned Wednesday afternoon just how quickly a decision not to wear a seat belt can change a life, or even end a life.

The assembly is part of KTVO’s Just Drive Campaign, in partnership with the Northeast Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and other local sponsors.

Crash survivor Kayle Denney with Think First Missouri told the students how a spinal cord injury from an accident 10 years ago is still impacting her life.

Denney was the driver.

One of her passengers was killed in that crash.

Students at the event said the speech convinced them to be more careful behind the wheel, and specifically to not text and drive.

“Oh it's just five seconds it's not that big of a deal, but it's definitely a big deal ,and it was really eye opening to see somebody who was really cut and dry about it, she didn't sugar coat it, and she didn't lie to us.” said Taylor Musselman, a senior at Green City High School.

Similar Just Drive assemblies will be coming soon to other Heartland high schools.

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