Just two months into the new year and there have been 24 deaths from fatality crashes.
Cpt. Alan Welsh says half of these fatalities could have been prevented, simply by buckling up.
"When we go to crashes, especially rollovers where people were ejected and killed and the interior of the car is fine -- the passenger compartment has plenty of room and if they were in their seatbelt, they likely would have survived," said Cpt. Welsh.
Driver's ed. instructor Jim Jensen tells his students from day one, driving carries a big responsibility -- not only for your self but for your passengers and others on the road.
"You've got a moving vehicle. It's like a missile and whatever it weighs it could become a death thing or can be," said Jensen.
Jensen says he can give his students all the tools they need to be safe drivers but it's up to them to make that choice to use them.
"It's very very important to make that choice to put a seatbelt on. It really sometimes just boils down to lack of life experience," said Jensen.
For now, Jensen will continue to teach the ways of the road one student at a time.