The Cherokee County SAFE (Seatbelts Are For Everyone) Program has once again proven successful.
During the 2016-2017 school year, the student led SAFE Teams in each school, along with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, worked to educate high school students on the importance of buckling their seatbelts. Some activities held throughout the school year included guest speakers, mock car crashes, enforcement of seatbelt laws, assembly’s and much more.
As part of the SAFE Program, an initial, unannounced survey was conducted at the beginning of the school year, giving a baseline of how many students wear their seatbelts. During the course of the year, educational and enforcement messages were presented and students voluntarily signed cards, pledging to wear their safety belts. In monthly drawings, the winners received $25 VISA Gift Cards.
At the end of the school year, another survey was conducted and two schools are awarded $500 grand prizes.
This year, the Galena High School showed the most improvement in seatbelt usage among high school students and Riverton High School had the highest overall seatbelt usage rate.
“This program undoubtedly saves lives. Lives of our youngest motorists and I’m proud of the partnerships we have established with the students, school administrators, community and private businesses, which allow us to continue the SAFE Program each year,” said Sheriff David Groves.
The Cherokee County SAFE Program is possible thanks to excellent sponsors, such as Empire District Electric Company, Columbus Telephone Company, State Farm Insurance Company, Mike Carpino Ford and Jay Hatfield Chevrolet, along with the Kansas Department of Transportation, Kansas Sheriff’s Association, Kansas Trauma Council, AAA of Kansas, Kansas Troopers Association, Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Highway Patrol.