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McDonalds memorial brings awareness to seatbelt safety

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As you pull up to order your food you may notice a memorial stone in the Scottsbluff McDonalds drive thru.

"He was a funny kid and that's why if you read the memorial it says Spicy McChickens are awesome, that was kind of one of his tokens."

17 year old Matthew Osburn was working at the fast food restaurant for a year.

His Mother Patricia Dooley is the Public Relations and Marketing Director.

"It also continued to be a reminder that says - Hey, you know what? Who is this kid? What happened?"

In January Osburn was driving on Highway 26 after getting fast food with two of his friends.

He passed out at the wheel.

His car rolled over and Osburn was ejected from the car.

Osburn died shortly after at Regional West Medical Center.

"Most people associate McDonalds with a Big Mac and french fries, but now there's a whole new meaning - buckling up."

"I know when I've gone through the drive thru, you take your seatbelt off, trying to get your purse, trying to get your kids their drinks or their food and you don't always remember to buckle back up before you leave."

Osburn's friends approached his mother about the A and M Seatbelt Project to commemorate Matthew and his friend Andrew who also passed away after not wearing his seatbelt.

Today Morrill Highschool students got to hear Osburn's story.

"I present all over the Panhandle about different topics, but it's definitely what I've found that coming from their peers is more impactful, it comes from the heart.

Local law enforcement, the boys' friends and A.A.A have teamed up with area schools to spread the message about seatbelt safety.

"Be role models for their younger brothers and sisters, for their other peers and other people in the community and the panhandle - That the safest thing that anyone of us can do is buckle up, and make sure everyone else in the vehicle is buckled up at all times."

Dooley is working with other local fast food restaurants to get signs put up in the drive thrus telling customers to buckle up again after getting their food.

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