In 2011 the Hingham Police instituted a Saved By The Belt award program as part of its overall effort to increase seat belt usage by showing real life examples of people saved from death or serious injury due to correct seat belt or car seat use while they were not at fault or committing a traffic violation.
This program seeks to identify individuals whose lives are saved or injuries significantly reduced because they were properly wearing a a seat belt, were in a child safety seat and/or were protected by an air bag during a crash.
As part of the implementation of the program, all officers were trained in the importance and goals of the program.
increase public awareness of the benefits or use of seat belts, child safety seats and/or airbags
provide documented evidence of cases where these devices "made the difference"
reinforce the live saving importance of occupant protection and encourage other to always use them
Who Qualifies for Nomination
Nominees must have used the proper combination of safety devices available such as a lap and shoulder belt
Nominees must not have been cited for a violation or found to be responsible for the crash
Crash occurred within the Town of Hingham
Nomination and Review Process
A completed nomination form along with crash photo(s) submitted by the investigating Officer to the Program Coordinator Sgt. Steven Dearth
Each form reviewed for the severity of the crash, circumstances surrounding the crash, severity of injuries/current condition
Final approval is required by the Chief of Police
The Chief of Police and the nominating/investigating Officer will present the nominee with a framed Saved By The Belt Certificate. With the nominee's permission, this is done during a public meeting in Town Hall, to further reinforce the value of seat belts, child seats and airbags.
Past Award Recipients
Saved By The Belt
Brendan Wright, 16, of Quincy, was our first Saved By The Belt Award recipient. His Jeep was struck by a truck that crossed the center line into his lane in June 2011 on Route 53. That impact sent his Jeep into a spin across two oncoming lanes of traffic. It went over the curb, became airborne and landed on a large rock and against several small trees. He had just received his license 4 weeks earlier. He was not injured. Traffic Officer Jeffrey Kilroy noted he likely would have been ejected if he was not seat belted.
Saved By The Belt
Three Weymouth teens where traveling on Route 53 in February 2012 when their Nissan was struck on the passenger side by a car that entered the road from a parking lot and struck the side of their SUV. That impact caused the Nissan to spin clockwise and flip onto its side.
Fortunately, the driver, Jenna L. Sartucci, 18, and her two 17 year old passengers, Lauren H. Wiessmeyer and Kelly A. Griffin were all properly seat belted and not injured.
Traffic Officer Philip Tracey, a crash reconstructionist, wrote the teen, if not seat belted, likely would have suffered serious if not fatal injuries.
Saved By The Belt
John L. Kornet Jr., 70, of Cohasset, was driving on Route 3A when his Kia collided with an SUV that pulled out from a stop sign. The SUV was attempting to cross Route 3A. The impact caused the Kia to roll onto its driver’s side.
Mr. Kornet, who was alone, was wearing his seat belt. His airbags deployed and he was trapped in the driver’s seat. The Jaws of Life were used to extricate him. He was received non- life threatening injuries.
Investigating Officer Jeremiah Sullivan noted the seat belt kept Mr. Kornet secured in his seat, and prevented him from being partially or even fully ejected onto the road or being thrown inside. The driver’s seat area was not crushed or compromised.