BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 16-year-old Plaquemine teenager is being recognized with this year's “Saved by the Belt” award from Louisiana State Police, the Baton Rouge Police Department, and the Interim LSU Hospital.
Connor Waites was in an accident near I-10 and College Street in June where he was rear-ended, causing him to hit another car. Police say because he was wearing a seatbelt, he survived the crash with no injuries. On Thursday, Connor was honored at State Police headquarters. He says wearing a seatbelt is a no brainer.
"I learned definitely to always wear my seatbelt but also that no matter- it's better to be safe- because you don't know when you'll be hurt or in an accident or anything or any type of incident that can harm you or potentially kill you," Waites says.
The award is given to individuals who are uninjured in serious accidents because they are wearing a seatbelt.