Belts Save Lives
all know seat belts save lives, but teenagers today still do not wear their
seat belts, and they are dying as a result. Statistics from the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration show that of the almost 6,000 young occupants
who died in motor vehicle crashes in 1999, more than 66% (over 4,000) were
not wearing seat belts. The percentage of young people who were unbelted in
alcohol-related crashes is even higher.
chapters need to make their peers' seat belt use a high priority. We need
to do all we can to increase seat belt use by young people. The following
is a list of activities that SADD chapters in other schools have conducted.
by being a role model. Always buckle up and make sure everyone you ride
with or who rides with you buckles up.
seat belt checks. One day without warning hold a seat belt check at the
entrances to your school. Stop all cars entering the school grounds to check
for seat belt use. Give a candy bar to those who were wearing their seat
belt and give a note to those who were not that says, "Please buckle
up." Keep count of the number of people who wore their seat belts and
the number who did not. Conduct seat belt checks again in the following
months to see if more people are buckling up. Try a seat belt check when
students are leaving school, too. Your goal is 100% participation!
license plate numbers of all drivers who are buckled up coming into school
in a hat for a drawing to win prizes such as a pizza party or ice cream
between seat belt checks put up posters, hand out literature, and read PSAs
over the public address system to remind everyone to buckle up.
other high schools in your area to see who can reach 100% or the highest
participation. Ask a local pizza or ice cream shop to provide an award to
the SADD chapter whose school attains the highest percentage.
a chart in the lobby of your school or out on the front lawn tracking the
numbers as they increase. Design the chart in the shape of a seat belt.
Indicate the number of seat belt users from the first seat belt check and
continue to paint in the progress as you go.
a "Living Seat Belt Around City Hall" to draw attention to the
importance of wearing safety belts. On a designated day, have people join
hands to encircle City Hall. In front of the building link the circle by
"fastening" a large cardboard safety belt buckle. Be sure to invite
elected officials and the media participate in this event.
permission from your administration to paint buckle up messages at the entrances
and exits of your schools.
Quick Click Buckle Challenge, which emphasizes the ease of putting on and
taking off seat beats, is a fun way to get people to wear their seat belts.
Winning teams can even compete with teams from other schools or challenge
teachers to a "belt-off." Providing awards to the winners adds
more fun to the competition.
a more extensive list of seat belt activities, fax your request to the SADD
National Office at 508-481-5759.
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