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Deputies are working with Hillsborough County Public Schools to increase safety belt use by our teenage drivers and passengers.
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Battle of the Belts Campaign:
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools, wants to increase the number of teen-age drivers and passengers who wear their seat belts. This year’s Battle of the Belts campaign occurs before the holiday break as a way to help drive home the point that seat belts save lives.
The Sheriff’s Community Outreach Division is coordinating the awareness and safety campaign from Dec. 10-14 throughout the county. Participating public high schools will be ramping up programs and initiatives to convince and remind students to wear seat belts. The weeklong campaign will also include seat belt enforcement blitzes by deputies.
Twenty-six high schools will compete in five categories:
- Highest percentage of seat belt use
- Most improved percentage of seat belt use
- Best overall campaign
- Best public service announcement
- Best poster
Geico will be the campaign sponsor again this year. The corporation is providing $5,000 to be divided among the winning schools. The awards ceremony will be in January at a date and location to be announced.
Battle of the Belts makes a difference because teenagers are the worst group of drivers and passengers when it comes to wearing seat belts. And the leading cause of death among teenagers is motor vehicle crashes and teens have the highest fatality rate than any other age group.