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Students Create Messages to Save Lives During 2018 Battle of the Belts Campaign

January 24, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (January 24, 2018) – Students challenged other teen drivers to use their seat belts more often during a month-long safety campaign: the Battle of the Belts. The students will be recognized for their efforts during an awards ceremony on Thursday, January 25, from 9-10:30 a.m., at Robinson High School, located at 6311 S. Lois Avenue, Tampa.

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 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, Hillsborough County Public Schools and GEICO in an effort to change these statistics and increase seat belt use among teenage drivers and their passengers.

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