Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for American teenagers. In fact, teens have the highest fatality rate in motor vehicle crashes than any other age group. They have the lowest safety belt use rates of all drivers. This rate is even lower when there are multiple teens in the vehicle.
The Battle of the Belts program was initiated in an effort to change these statistics and increase safety belt use and driving distractions among teenagers. The goal of the campaign is for high school students to convince their peers to always wear safety belts. Student organizations like S.A.D.D. or student government associations were asked to create a unique campaign for their high school to encourage fellow students to wear their seat belts during every ride in a motor vehicle. We also want to limit distractions which can include visual (eyes off the road), manual (hands off the wheel), or cognitive (mind off of driving). Please click here for our flyer on distracted driving.
Award categories in each county include 1) highest seat belt use, 2) most improved seat belt use, 3) best school campaign, 4) best public service announcement, 5) best poster, and 6) best essay.
Participating High Schools
Anclote, Gulf, Hudson, Land O' Lakes, Ridgewood, River Ridge, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch, and Zephyrhills
Bayside, Boca Ciega, Palm Harbor University HS, Pinellas Park, Seminole, and Tarpon Springs
Auburndale, Lake Gibson, Lake Region, and Tenoroc
Below you will find the Battle of the Belts handouts for students and staff, as well as a list of resources students can use to create their projects.
Student Resource List
Pasco Battle of the Belts 2017-2018
Polk Battle of the Belts 2017-2018
Pinellas Battle of the Belts 2017-2018
Traffic Safety Facts Sheet 2017
Teen Driving Safety Resource Guide 2017
For more information or resources, please reference the email in the flyer for your county.