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Picayune High School students researching seatbelt use in city

Motorists in the city of Picayune were being observed for seatbelt use this week.

Tuesday afternoon a group of Picayune Memorial High School students could be seen at the corner of Goodyear Boulevard and Kirkwood Street holding clipboards.

Those students are members of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America and they were conducting observational data recording of seatbelt and cellphone use by local motorists.

Each pair of students was tasked to record that data from 25 vehicles, said Early Childhood Education Instructor Sandra Spanks. According to statistics she provided her students, only 38 percent of children aged 13 to 16, and only 42 percent of adults, wear their seatbelts regularly.

The students will use the data they collected Tuesday to compile a percentage that will be used to promote seatbelt safety in the school and community, Spanks said.