Medina Journal-Register — Last week the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee worked together with all five Orleans County Schools, New York State Troopers and Orleans County law enforcement to promote safe driving.
During the month of October, each of the five school districts held a “Battle of the Belts” competition in their own district. The winning team from each school and the chiefs of each of the county law enforcement agencies gathered together at Albion Central School District on Frida for a friendly competition against each other during half time of the Albion vs. Medina football game. The message was simply that seat belt use saves lives. The team from Kendall came out on top by buckling up their seatbelts the fastest.
In addition to the competition, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee joined forces with students at Albion Central School to sponsor a NO TEXTING and DRIVING campaign at the football game. Students set up a table to encourage people with a valid driver’s license to sign a “No Texting and Driving” contract. Each individual that agreed to sign the contract received a free hot dog and a soda at the concession stand.
State Troopers brought a car roll simulator that was set up in the parking lot and each county law enforcement agency brought an agency car to the game to show their support.
During the school week, high school students in grades 10 through 12 throughout the county attended an assembly that featured speaker Jacy Good. Good was the victim of an automobile crash caused by an 18-year-old boy who was using his cell phone. Here message was reiterated throughout the week using a variety of methods in a concentrated effort to make teens aware of the consequences of distracted driving and the importance of using safety belts.
Area businesses supported this initiative by placing “buckle up” stickers on their take out containers and the Albion Police Department joined in by running routine traffic stops that focused on seat belt use and the new “No Texting and Driving” law.