Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 14-036

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 27, 2014
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Battle of the Belts Awards Ceremony

    The Battle of the Belts initiative consists of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office working with Hillsborough County Public Schools and GEICO to increase safety belt use by teenage drivers and passengers.
    • Wednesday
    • January 29, 2014
    • Time: 9:00 AM
    • Steinbrenner High School
    • 5575 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road
    • Lutz

    Battle of the Belts Awards Ceremony:

    On January 29, 2014 at 9:00 a.m., the Battle of the Belts Awards Ceremony will be held at Steinbrenner High School.

    The Battle of the Belts initiative consists of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office working with Hillsborough County Public Schools and GEICO to increase safety belt use by teenage drivers and passengers. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach Division sponsored a competition to promote the seat belt awareness campaign in December of 2013 in which 26 Hillsborough County schools participated.

    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 competition was initiated in an effort to change these statistics and increase safety belt use among teenagers.

    Award Winners:

    Highest Percentage of Seat Belt Usage:
    • 2nd: Steinbrenner High School 99.1%
    • 1st: Chamberlain High School 99.2%
    Most Improved:
    • 2nd: 17.3% improvement- Freedom High School
    • 1st: 23.6% improvement- Alonso High School
    Best Poster:
    • Special Merit & 3rd: Newsome High School
    • 2rd: Steinbrenner High School
    • 1st: Bloomingdale High School
    Best PSA:
    • Honorable Mention: Newsome High School
    • 3rd: Gaither High School
    • 2nd: Alonso High School
    • 1st: Leto High School
    Best Overall Campaign:
    • 3rd: Newsome High School
    • 2nd: Leto High School
    • 1st: Steinbrenner High School
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