Almost 7 years after Tom Geary's daughter passed away in a car accident, friends and relatives of Cassidy Geary have been raising awareness locally and nationally on seat belt safety.
"Every time you get in a car, you've got to put your seat belt on," said Charles Audet. "It saves lives and that's the kind of point we're trying to get across here."
The annual Click it For Cassie softball tournament was in full swing on Saturday to remember the 17 year old high school girl who lost her life in a car crash in January of 2008. Participants and supporters gathered on the baseball courts at Calf Pasture Beach to raise money for safe driving initiatives.
"My daughter Cassidy, she was only driving 30 mph and she didn't have her seatbelt on," said Geary. "The police came over to our house and said if she had her belt on she would have only gotten a bump on her head."
Since Click it For Cassie began, it has raised nearly $15,000 and has sent out nearly 10,000 bumper stickers. The family's goal is to spread Cassidy's story to as many people as they can in order to prevent similar tragedies.
"Thirty miles and hour is just a little bit faster than the runners run in the Olympics," said Geary.
"It doesn't matter if you're going fast or slow," said Audet. "Texting, there shouldn't be any texting in the car whatsoever."
"We go around and talk to drivers education classes and we're in the process now of developing a DVD that can go out to the drivers education classes hopefully across the country that they can show to their students that can show them how horrible the statistics are for young drivers," said Geary.
For more information on the cause visit www.clickitforcassie.com.