As part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) engaged students about safe driving through interactive activities at UEHS. Students participated in the Battle of the Belts seat belt competition and used the Seat Belt Convincer, which simulates the force of a low-speed collision.
In 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 2,082 teen drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes nationwide, and 58 percent of passengers killed in crashes involving teen drivers were not wearing seat belts.
UEHS is one of seven schools currently participating in the Coaches Care program. The GTSC teamed up with the NYS Public High School Athletic Association to enlist coaches across the state to highlight the importance of highway safety and New York's driving laws. Coaches provide guidance and instruction that help students succeed both on the field and the road.
During the event at UEHS, NYS troopers talked with students about the importance of wearing a seatbelt, how much force is exerted in a 30 mph impact and the laws for teen drivers. Students also signed pledge cards and a banner, promising to always wear a seat belt when in a car.