FAIRBORN — For the third time in a row, Fairborn High School won the 2017 Spring Break Seat Belt Challenge with 100 percent of their students buckled.
Representatives from the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition, local Fairborn City officials, School Resource Officer Jim Hern, members of the school administration, and representatives from the supporting businesses joined students and staff of Fairborn High School to accept the cash award of $575 May 8.
Second place went to Bellbrook High School with 97.7 percent and third went to Legacy Christian Academy with 94.4 percent.
The award was donated by Cali & Associates – Allstate Insurance, C&H Carstar, Collett Propane, Reichley Insurance Agency, and Scott Pauley Allstate Insurance.
This is a bi-annual project of the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition to raise awareness about seat belt use and encourage students to buckle up every trip, every time. The two weeks prior to each high school’s spring break, announcements about the dangers of driving unbelted, statistics, and encouraging messages were provided, and an unannounced check was completed at the schools. The high school with the highest percentage of students buckled as they were leaving at the end of the school day won the challenge. A total of nine high schools participated in the challenge.
According to Jillian Drew, Safe Communities coordinator, “This spring, we increased the seat belt use of local high school student by 6.8 percent. Seat belts reduce death by 45 percent and serious injury by 50 percent, per the National Traffic Safety Administration. With the help of local businesses support, high school administration, and the Safe Communities Coalition members, we are taking great strides in helping to keep our teen drivers safe.”
For more information on the Greene County Safe Communities Coalition, call Jillian Drew at 937-374-5683 or email her at [email protected]
Story courtesy of Greene County Public Health.