Students Push for Safety on the Streets During the Battle of the Belts Campaign
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (January 22, 2019) – Students across Hillsborough County challenged other teen drivers to use their seat belts more as part of the Battle of the Belts safety campaign. The students will be recognized for their achievements during an awards ceremony on Wednesday, January 23, from 9-10:30 a.m., at Plant City High School, located at 1 Raider Place, Plant City.
The Battle of the Belts initiative, facilitated by high school resource officers, gets students involved by creating campaigns, PSA videos and posters to increase seat belt use among teens. The school resource officers then check for seat belt compliance on specific days as student drivers arrive and leave school campuses. One school will be recognized for having the highest percentage of seat belt compliance while another school will be recognized for most improved seat belt compliance, as well as overall awards for the students’ creative projects.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers. In fact, teens have a higher fatality rate in motor vehicle crashes than any other age group. They also have the lowest seat belt use rate of all drivers. This rate is even lower when there are multiple teens in the vehicle.
The Battle of the Belts initiative partners the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Tampa Police Department, GEICO Auto Insurance and Hillsborough County Public Schools in an effort to change these statistics and increase seat belt use among teenage drivers and their passengers.