Westerville Residents Join “Saved by the Belt” Club

Westerville – Westerville residents Bhavna Kumar, Sonali Kumar and Mira Kumar joined Ohio’s “Saved by the Belt” Club today after their safety belts saved them from being seriously injured or killed in a crash. The incident occurred on Interstate 71 in Adams Township in Clinton County on August 24, 2019.

On September 27th, Lt. Stan A. Jordan, Wilmington Post commander, presented them with “Saved by the Belt” certificates signed by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director Thomas J. Stickrath and Colonel Richard S. Fambro, Patrol superintendent.

“The Kumars are living testimony to the effectiveness of safety belts,” Lt. Jordan said. “Everyone needs to buckle up, every trip, every time.”

In 2018, 419 people were killed in traffic crashes where a safety belt was available but not in use.

The “Saved by the Belt” Club is a joint effort by 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 safety belts.

Bhavna Kumar also received a “Saved by the Belt” license plate bracket.