Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
  • The Battle of the Belts initiative consists of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office working with Hillsborough County Schools 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 2011.

    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.

    Congratulations to all of this year's winners!


    Highest Percent:

    • 1st Place – King High School 100 %
    • 2nd Place -Durant High School 99.3%

    Most Improved Percent :

    • 1st Place – Spoto High School 32.8%
    • 2nd Place – Tampa Bay Tech 22.6%

    Best PSA:



    • 1st Place – Blake High School
    • 2nd. Place – Durant High School
    • 3rd Place – Lennard High School

    Best Poster:




    • 1st Place – Armwood High School
    • 2nd Place - Tampa Bay Tech
    • Special Merit – Blake High School

    Best Overall Campaign:

    • 1st Place – Blake High School
    • 2nd Place – Lennard High School
    • 3rd Place – Spoto High School
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