Racecar driver Ross Chastain teamed up at Watkins Glen with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the Department of Motor Vehicles to remind the public to wear seatbelts.
It’s all part of the “Protect Your Melon” initiative, which is designed to raise awareness on the importance of wearing a seatbelt in the car.
Tuesday’s event featured a meet and greet with Chastain. He spoke about the importance of safety regardless of the car.
“We have a lot of safeguards in these race cars to keep us safe, its because we’re going so fast,” Chastain said. “On the highway, we have two belts and one point to click it and that can be the difference in saving your life or not.”
About 500,000 watermelons will be shipped out across New York State with a label reading, “Protect Your Melon” to remind the public to fasten their seatbelts.
“When people walk through the grocery store and go through the produce section for watermelons, they might see one of these “Protect Your Melon” labels and it might hit home,” Chastain said.