Students Learn Seat Belt Safety
In a reverse role, kids are teaching adults about safety laws and making sure they're strapped in.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Bellevue, NE - Too much of a good thing...is a really good thing, at least for students at Saint Matthew in Bellevue. The small school of 126 students took on a really big challenge. Wear seat belts everyday for two months. The difficult part would be convincing everyone in the car to strap in too. If classes succeed, they would be rewarded with a pizza party.
It started as an idea to save the lives of children. Educate students from preschool to eighth grade about the importance of wearing a seat belt. Safe Kids of Sarpy/Cass County challenged Saint Matthew students and their families to buckle up every trip. Teachers would randomly check cars during morning drop off to see if families were clicked in.
At the end of two months the results showed students got the message but some parents were still not clicked in. "Nebraska is on the low end of the scale for seat belt compliance so we really need to get the word out," says Jane Husz of Safe Kids. At the start of the challenge only 75 percent of cars had every passenger safely strapped in, after two months, 95 percent of families were following the law.
Wednesday, classes that completed the challenge were rewarded as promised. Cheesy pizza topped every lunch table as the kids proudly boasted about what they learned. "Always wear your seat belt no matter what," says first grader Jadelyn Johnson. The message is the same from seventh grader Daniel Campbell, "There's always a possibility of hitting something and going through the window."
This week, the department of roads released the traffic fatality toll for April. Eleven people died in ten crashes, eight were not buckled up. So far in 2013, 58 people have died on Nebraska roads.
To reduce the number of fatalities, through June second, police departments across the country are participating in Click It Or Ticket. A campaign to make sure drivers and passengers are following restraint laws.