High School Seatbelt Challenge

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S. Every year, more than 5,000 young adults between 16 and 20 years of age are killed in car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It’s important to remember, though, that these deaths are preventable through effective programs and policies.

2015 – 2016 High School Seat Belt Challenge

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Sun Valley Presentation

Congratulations to Sun Valley High School for winning DCTMA’S 8th Annual High School Seat Belt Challenge.  We are pleased to announce that the Aston-based school showed the biggest increase in seat belt usage this year by 12% between the fall and spring semesters. Wednesday, June 8th, DCTMA presented the school’s SADD Committee and administrative staff with a $500 check and special plaque to hang in the school over the next year.

Special honors also go out to Marple Newtown High School who won DCTMA’s $250 prize for the highest seat belt use overall with nearly 97% of students buckled up!

“Congratulations to the students of Sun Valley High School and Marple Newtown High School for winning the Seat Belt Challenge this year!” said Jana L. Tidwell, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, yet of all the teens who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2013, approximately 56% were not wearing a seat belt. Research shows seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries by 45% to 60%. Sun Valley High School and Marple Newtown High School students are certainly good role models for all teen drivers when it comes to wearing seat belts and potentially saving lives.”

Thank you to this year’s DCTMA High School Seat Belt Challenge Sponsors: State Farm, AAA Mid-Atlantic, Wheat Services, Crozer Keystone Health System and Republic Bank.  With your support we make this program possible!


2014 – 2015 High School Seat Belt Challenge

Archbishop Carroll

Archbishop Carroll Presentation

And the winner is… Archbishop John Carroll High School! The Wayne-based school has won DCTMA’s 7th Annual High School Seat Belt Challenge. We are pleased to announce that Archbishop Carroll showed the biggest increase in seat belt usage this year by 16% between the fall and spring semesters. Monday, June 1st, DCTMA presented the school’s National Honors Society board and Carroll administrative staff with a $500 check and special plaque to hang in the school over the next year.

In addition, we awarded Radnor High School with a $250 prize for the highest seat belt use overall with 100% of students wearing their seat belts!

Thank you to our sponsors of the High School Seat Belt Challenge: Boeing, AAA Mid-Atlantic, Main Line Health System, Wheat Services, TD Bank, Crozer Keystone Health System, White Horse Village and Values Into Action.


 

2013 – 2014 High School Seat Belt Challenge

Strath Haven High School, based in Wallingford, has won DCTMA’S 6th Annual High School Seat Belt Challenge. We are pleased to announce that Strath Haven showed overall improvement in seat belt usage. The students showed a 79% usage rate in September, 2013, and increased to a 99% usage rate during this spring’s counts, with only one student not buckled up.

In celebration, DCTMA today awarded the school with a $500 check and special plaque to hang in the school over the next year. The presentation was made in front of the newly unveiled SADD Mural, painted by Strath Haven student artists.

This year’s High School Seat Belt Challenge was sponsored by AAA Mid-Atlantic, Boeing, Crozer, State Farm, TD Bank, Values Into Action, Wheat, and White Horse Village.


2012 – 2013 High School Seat Belt Challenge

Sun Valley High School has won the 5th Annual High School Seat Belt Challenge. With an increase of almost 30 percent, students at the Aston-based school have a reason to celebrate.

On Monday, June 3, the Delaware County Transportation Management Association (DCTMA) presented a reward check for $500 to Sun Valley, plus a special plaque to hang in the school over the next year. As part of the celebration, Wired 96.5 gave all the students free ice cream and tunes to liven up the party.

Sun Valley isn’t the only school which saw an increase in seat belt usage. In fact, all of the ten schools who participated had more students buckling up. Radnor High School, last year’s winner, had only one student not buckled up when DCTMA conducted random seat belt checks this time around.