Hey HOBY! Did you know that May is Global Youth Traffic Safety Month?
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month kicks off May 1!
This annual campaign provides a tremendous opportunity for coordinated efforts by youth and traffic safety advocates to work together to raise awareness about issues impacting teens on the road.
Did you know…
- Car crashes are the #1 killer of youth in the United States
- Teen drivers are three times more likely to be in a crash than drivers 20 years of age and older
- Of teens who died in car crashes in 2012, more than half were not wearing seat belts
NOYS invites you to be a part of this month-long observance by planning your own Global Youth Traffic Safety Month (GYTSM) activities. We would love for you to participate in the Seat Belts Save Challenge or host a Reality Check to talk about the dangers of underage drinking and driving. Visit Seat Belts Save: National Teen Seat Belt Challenge to check out resources on pedestrian and bicycle safety, drowsy driving prevention, and sharing the road with trucks and to join the National Teen Seat Belt Challenge!
What is the Seat Belts Save Challenge?
The 2015 National Organizations of Youth Safety (NOYS) Seat Belts Save Challenge is a four-week campaign designed to educate teen drivers about the dangers of riding in a car without wearing a seat belt, and increase the number of teens who regularly wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car. Participating schools can win recognition from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and coverage in national media.
Who Can Participate in the Seat Belts Save Challenge?
The 2015 NOYS Seat Belts Save Challenge is open to all high school students in the United States.
When is the Seat Belts Save Challenge?
The 2015 Spring Seat Belt Saves Challenge is now open and closes on April 17, 2015. Challenge activities can take place between March 17 and May 25, 2015. Your school can conduct the four-week challenge at any time during that period. The final report is due on June 2nd.
Why Should My School Participate in the Seat Belts Save Challenge?
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S. Young drivers (15 to 20 years old) represent only six percent (12.6 million) of drivers in the United States, but account for nine percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes and 13 percent of drivers in all crashes. Data also shows that teens are not wearing their seat belts on a consistent basis. In 2012, more than half (51.2 percent) of drivers 16 to 19 years old killed in fatal crashes were not wearing seat belts. In the last three years, this number has increased by six percent during a time when the seat belt use rate has grown for people of other ages.
NOYS, with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has developed Seat Belts Save, a national seat belt challenge to encourage greater seat belt use by teens across the country. The Seat Belts Save Challenge is a fun way to spread the word about a serious subject. Participants that approach the challenge in a fun and creative way will better reach their peers with these important messages. Prizes will be awarded to the schools that demonstrate the highest seat belt use rate, the greatest increase in seat belt use, and the best education campaigns. Remember, seat belts are the best defense in a crash but they only work if you wear them. Buckle up every time.