CLEARFIELD -- Students at Clearfield High School experienced a sweeter-than-usual departure from school grounds Thursday.
The Utah Highway Patrol, with help from Clearfield High student body officers, handed out more than 1,000 Creamies ice cream bars to students wearing seat belts as they left school.
The Creamies were distributed to reward students for reaching 95 percent seat belt usage -- as observed by UHP in April as a part of its Zero Fatalities "Don't Drive Stupid" program, said UHP Sgt. Ted Tingey.
Clearfield High School achieved the highest percentage of seat belt usage of the six schools that participated in this year's program.
"We've been working with them all year long," Tingey said, "to get them in the habit of always buckling up and wearing a seat belt anytime they get in a car. Today is kind of a fruits-of-our-labor thing to reward them for buckling up."
Clearfield High student body officers expressed their excitement, not only about the ice cream but also about their achievements in becoming a student body that is safer on the road.
"I love it, honestly," said sophomore Student Body President Connor Turpin of his school's commitment to using seat belts while driving. "We've done a lot for our school, and I'm really proud of what we have managed to do here."
Senior Spirit Officer Adam Groat said he was impressed with the commitment of his peers.
"I don't even think they knew about the ice cream," Groat said. "I think it was more about them being safe on the roads."
Tingey hopes students will remember what they learned in the program and that it will act as a motivator for them to always use a seat belt.
"The whole plan of this program here today," Tingey said, "was to reward the students here at Clearfield High School for wearing a seat belt.
"We hope that through this program we can teach them at a young age, here in the high school age level, that if they learn to put a seat belt on now, they're going to be able to do it the rest of their lives and make it a lifelong habit to always buckle up."