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HHS continues SAFE program

Hutchinson High School is proud to announce it remains a part of Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) for the 2016-17 school year.

SAFE is a teen-run, peer-to-peer program focusing on increasing teen seatbelt use through education, positive rewards and enforcement. The program is designed to bring awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt to reduce the number of motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities within the community.

The goal of SAFE is to provide students with strong traffic safety messages throughout the school year. During the program, students conduct unannounced seatbelt surveys, hold monthly educational programs including pledge card signings and monthly drawings for gift cards, which are awarded to students who have signed a pledge card promising to wear their seatbelt. Law enforcement also conducts an enforcement period to emphasize the importance of wearing seatbelts.

SAFE has been instrumental in increasing the Kansas teen seatbelt rate from 61 percent in 2009 to 84 percent in 2015. During the 2014-15 school year, SAFE was in 124 schools in 59 of the 105 Kansas counties.

For more background information on SAFE, visit: https://www.ktsro.org/safe.