STRATH HAVEN HIGH SCHOOL WINS SEAT BELT CHALLENGE!
MEDIA, PA – And the winner is… Strath Haven High School! The Wallingford-based school has won DCTMA’S 6th Annual High School Seat Belt Challenge. We are pleased to announce that Strath Haven showed overall improvement in seat belt usage. The students showed a 79% usage rate in September, 2013, and increased to a 99% usage rate during this spring’s counts, with only one student not buckled up.
In celebration, DCTMA today awarded the school with a $500 check and special plaque to hang in the school over the next year. The presentation was made in front of the newly unveiled SADD Mural, painted by Strath Haven student artists.
This year’s High School Seat Belt Challenge was sponsored by AAA Mid-Atlantic, Boeing, Crozer, State Farm, TD Bank, Values Into Action, Wheat, and White Horse Village.
About DCTMA’s High School Seat Belt Challenge
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers, with teens having three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers, according to PennDOT. Added to that, May through August is the most dangerous time on the road for teen drivers, says AAAMid-Atlantic . In an effort to decrease that number, and help prevent accidents involving teens, DCTMA and Public Health Management Corporation’s Street Smarts Project, coordinates this yearly challenge.
DCTMA and PHMC’s Street Smarts conducted a first round of checks back in the fall, then throughout the year, coordinated assembly presentations to the students, with the goal of increasing carpool safety awareness. Another round of checks was done this spring. Strath Haven was the school with the largest rise in use, and is declared the winner.
Photo caption:Strath Haven’s winning SADD students accept the $500 check along with Michael Scheuren, Human Resource Manager at White Horse Village; Jana Tidwell, AAA Mid-Atlantic; Suzanne Kubiak, PMHC-Street Smarts; Debbie Mischo, Faculty Advisor – SADD; Dr. MaryJo Yannacone, Principal; Dr. Richard Noonan, Superintendent; Lauren Amway, DCTMA Project Coordinator; Cecile Charlton, DCTMA Executive Director