Student drivers at Barnesville High School got a surprise for buckling up when they take a ride, WTRV- TV 7 and WTOV-TV 9 reported last month.

Barnesville students who drive to and from school received special recognition at a May 15 awards presentation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol presented the school with the Spring 2018 Seat Belt Usage Award.

Of all Belmont County high schools, Barnesville had the highest number of students who buckled up – 90 percent.

The Patrol conducts checks at area schools each fall and spring logging the number of drivers and passengers who are wearing seat belts as they enter the school campus parking areas.

An added feature of the award is the local school is now featured on public service announcement billboards in Belmont County. The billboards will be up for the next year.