The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and Representative Jim Sacia gave Jessica Bacon the "Saved By the Belt" Award Tuesday afternoon.
Jessica was severely injured when her car was struck head on by another car on Forest Road in Freeport last November.
Jessica's seatbelt was a major factor in her survival.
She is visiting stateline high schools with Seargent Dave Youngblut to promote seatbelt use.
Her father donated her car for seatbelt education use by police.