Two Teays Valley High School students were guests of honors at the recent meeting for the Safe Communities of Pickaway County program. Justin Donaldson and Cody Redman debuted their award winning public service announcement on teen driver safety at the meeting before both attend the finalist luncheon this weekend in Columbus. The highlight of the meeting, however, was the results of the most recent Impact Teen Driver Seat Belt Challenge.
The second round of the seat belt surveys were completed in March, and the overall leader as of this date is Westfall High School. During the survey, Teays Valley High School and Logan Elm High School actually tied for first place during the second round, but the overall points system takes into account the first survey, and overall improvement. Points are taken away for any student seen using a cell phone while behind the wheel of their motor vehicle. The overall seat belt use rate for teens surveyed is currently 64%, an increase of 3% since the first survey completed at the end of last year. The final survey of the contest will be held this month, with the results given in May prior to the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization.
Mike Brining from the Ohio Department of Public Safety gave a review of the most recent “Project S.T.A.R.” statistics, and a review of the recent Teen/Parent Presentation was also discussed.
The Safe Communities of Pickaway County Coalition is made up of law enforcement, school representatives, and other traffic safety advocates. The committee meets four times a year to discuss topics on traffic safety for teens and the general public.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides funding across the United States for local communities to provide education and enforcement to reduce traffic related deaths. For more information on what they do and the mobilizations they support, visit their website at www.nhtsa.gov .