Photo/Story Gallery 2002

Saved by the Belt!

David Sanders, his father Jim Sanders, Justin Burger, his father Doug Burger, and Christopher Burger.Three Pensacola-area students received attention from local law enforcement recently for doing the right thing – they buckled up!

The Florida Highway Patrol and Buckle Up Florida presented David Sanders, Justin Burger, and Christopher Burger with “Saved by the Belt” awards on November 27, 2002, at the Pensacola Florida Highway Patrol station.

Shown left to right in the photo after the awards presentation are David Sanders, his father Jim Sanders, Justin Burger, his father Doug Burger, and Christopher Burger.

On August 21, 2002, the three Tate High School students were involved in a head-on collision on County Road 97 in Cantonment. The nomination from the Florida Highway Patrol indicated that all three were wearing their safety belts when the car in which they were riding collided with another vehicle practically head-on. All three were severely injured, and required extensive hospitalization and/or rehabilitation. Fortunately, all three students survived this serious crash, and it is quite possible that if they had not taken the time to buckle up, they would not be alive today.

The Buckle Up Florida “Saved By the Belt” award is presented to victims of traffic crashes who were saved from death or serious injury because they were wearing their safety belts.