Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Atlanta High School finalist in Battle of the Belt Challenge

  • Atlanta High School was a finalist in Battle of the Belt Challenge. Read about it here.
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  • Missouri schools took the challenge to buckle up and made it click with students. One hundred and ninety-five (195) schools statewide, 28 in Northeast Missouri, participated in this year's Battle of the Belt Challenge, a competition to raise seat belt use among teens.
    Participating schools launched two surprise seat belt checks at each school to measure student seat belt use before and after an educational campaign. In addition, schools had the opportunity to submit a 30-second video spot to encourage their peers to buckle up.
    Thirty-seven schools will receive statewide recognition for seat belt use that reached gold (99-100%), silver (95-98%) or bronze (91-94%) levels of seat belt use and will receive banners to display at the schools donated by the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians. And Atlanta High School was one of the schools selected. They received a silver rating at 98.68 percent, meaning they will receive a banner to display at the school.
    "We're proud of our local schools for showing a commitment to buckling up and wanting to help other teens understand the importance of wearing a seat belt every time they ride in or drive a vehicle." said Marisa Christy-Kerns, regional coordinator for Battle of the Belt. "Seat belts save lives."
    Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for people 15-20 years old. Results of a 2013 survey among Missouri teens indicate 33 percent of teens are not wearing their seat belt putting them at greater risk to get killed or injured in traffic crashes. Seven out of 10 teens killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled.
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