Pickaway County schools have gone from being among the worst to the among the best for seat belt use among teen drivers. A contest was implimented, where extra points can be obtained through educational programming. Students are also observed for their use of cell phones when behind the wheel, and penalized points in the contest when driving distracted.
Teays Valley High School has been the overall winner for the past two years, however there is a new champion in Circleville High School took the Challenge by leading the pack throughout the school year.
The recent Challenge, however, gave the local safety program more to celebrate. A review of the surveys and statistics from the past three years shows that teens have continued to improve their seat belt use rate. Pickaway County teens have increased wearing their seatbelt by 26%.
Safe Communities Director Teresa C. Carper notes that this is a number worth noticing, and praises local teen drivers. "As a traffic safety advocate, you always hope to see positive results to any initiative that is a part of your overall programming", she stated. "I am absolutely honored to work with our local school districts, and thank administrators and the students for their hard work regarding this safety issue."
With the pending "Click It or Ticket" mobilization, Safe Communities asks that all citizens of Pickaway County follow the lead of the younger drivers and "Buckle Up Every Trip Every Time." Local law enforcement will be joining the "Click It or Ticket" enforcement period over the Memorial Day Holiday by adding extra patrols to Pickaway County highways. Sheriff Robert Radcliff concluded that by simply buckling up, drivers can improve their chances of surviving a motor vehicle crash.
"Seat belt use is one of the most significant things a driver or passenger can do to improve their survival in a motor vehicle crash", Sheriff Radcliff said. "By buckling up, you can improve your survival of a crash by 50%."
For more information on the importance of seat belt use and safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website at www.nhtsa.gov