The GVF TMA Foundation is excited partner with the Montgomery County Health Department to kick off its second annual Seatbelt Challenge.
This year, the GVF TMA Foundation will be partnering with the Montgomery County Health Department to bring students around the region the 2012-2013 Seat Belt Challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to determine how many students driving to school are wearing seat belts (by conducting a counting survey during the fall), present these findings to the school and provide educational seminars, delivered by police officers, on the importance of safety while driving.
At the end of the challenge, a high school will be recognized with having the highest number of seat belt users and the school with the highest increase in users from fall to spring surveys.
The fall counting survey has already been completed. The state average of seat belt usage is 83.8 percent, and the following participating schools have logged in the following percentages of seat belt use:
- Pope John Paul II High School: 85 percent
- Pottstown High School: 42 percent
- Methacton High School: 86 percent
- Spring-Ford High School: 83 percent
- Upper Merion High School: 67 percent
- Wissahickon High School: 85 percent
An additional seatbelt counting survey will take place in the spring. The high school with the overall highest seat belt usage rate will win $500 and the high school with the most improvement from pre to post seat belt survey will win $250, courtesy of AAA. This year's event is sponsored by AAA's Keys to Drive program.
"We are pleased to be participating in the Seat Belt Challenge this year and to be working in conjunction with the Montgomery County Health Department in our combined efforts to continue to raise awareness related to automobile safety and seatbelt usage for our high school students, " said Dr. Robert M. Colyer, House Principal, Spring-Ford Area High School.
"Through our participation in the program and providing our students with the Survival 101 presentation in the Spring around prom season, it is our aim to further educate our student drivers, and passengers, with relevant preventative safety measures related to seat belt usage and traffic safety, " he added.
For more information about the Seat Belt Challenge and GVF TMA Foundation, visit www.gvftmafoundation.org.