Eleven Lorain County high schools recently competed in the 2018 Buckle Up Bowl hosted by the Lorain County Safe Communities Coalition. This year, the following high schools participated: Avon Lake, Oberlin, Columbia, Avon, Keystone, Brookside, Lorain County JVS, Marion L. Steele High School – Amherst, Lorain, Midview, and Wellington.
Buckle Up Bowl is a student-led competition that empowers students to impact the driving habits of their classmates, friends, and family. “The Buckle Up Bowl spreads the word about seat belt use because the messages and engagement activities come from the students, for the students,” said David Covell, MPH, RS, health commissioner at Lorain County Public Health. Student led campaigns included videos, social media campaigns and seat belt pledges in an effort to improve the school’s seat belt rate. Observational seat belt surveys were conducted before and after the campaign by Safe Community Coalition members.
Lorain County JVS buckled up and won the award of “Best Seat Belt Usage Overall” with a ninety percent seat belt rate. Midview High School improved their seat belt usage over the course of the campaign by eleven percent, winning the award for “Most Improved Seat Belt Usage.” Keystone High School won the award for the “Most Creative Campaign Effort.” Keystone students created a seat belt themed rap video and song to show during morning announcements, displayed a crashed car on campus, placed magnets on lockers, and shared social media messaging.
A seat belt was not used in 17 of the 34 fatal crashes on Lorain County roadways in 2017. For 3 decades, the Lorain County Safe Community Coalition has worked to reduce traffic injuries and death on Lorain County roads. The coalition continues engaging with people about the importance of safe driving through Click It or Ticket campaigns and wants to remind everyone who gets behind the wheel to buckle up every trip, every time.
Midview High School Key Club students received the award for "Most Improved Seat Belt Usage."
Columbia High School students in the Students Against Destructive Decisions group post a Click it or Ticket sign outside their school. Pictured left to right: Columbia High School Social Studies Teacher and SADD Advisor Brandon Campbell, students Katelynn Strieter, Amelia Hritz, and Sam Kleinhenz.