2019 Seat Belts Save Challenge


Generously Sponsored by:

General Motors

The Gillian Sabet Memorial Foundation


What is the Seat Belts Save Challenge?

The National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) Seat Belts Save Challenge, sponsored by General Motors and the Gillian Sabet Memorial Foundation, is a four-week campaign designed to educate teen drivers about the dangers of riding in a car without wearing a seat belt, and increase the number of teens who regularly wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car. The challenge runs each fall. Participating schools can win one of three $1,500 prizes!

Who can participate?

The NOYS Seat Belts Save Challenge is open to all high school students in the United States.

When is the challenge?

  • September 1: Registration opens
  • November 16: Registration closes
  • By December 15: Unannounced seat belt checks and education campaign complete
  • December 16: Results and final reports due to NOYS SEE FINAL REPORT FORM HERE

Winners will be announced in April 2020.

Why should my school participate?

seat beltsMotor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers in the US. In 2016 alone, 2,040 young drivers died and in 2015, an estimated 195,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes (NHTSA). Data also shows that, compared to other age groups, teens have a lower rate of seat belt use. For young drivers who died in crashes, only 48% were restrained at the time of the crash. Of teens that died as a passenger in a vehicle crash, 45% were not wearing a seat belt. And, of teens that died as a back seat occupant in a vehicle crash, 69% were not wearing a seat belt. Research shows that seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half. Imagine all the lives that could have been saved just by wearing a seat belt!

In 2014, NOYS, with funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), developed Seat Belts Save, a national high school challenge to encourage greater seat belt use by teens across the country. The Seat Belts Save Challenge is a fun way to spread the word about a serious subject. Participants that approach the challenge in a creative and engaging way will better reach their peers with these important messages. Prizes will be awarded to the schools that demonstrate the highest seat belt use rate, the greatest increase in seat belt use, and the best overall education campaign. Remember, seat belts are the best defense in a crash but they only work if you wear them. Buckle up every time.

What do I need to complete the challenge?

Fall 2018 Challenge Winners

  • Best Overall Education Campaign: Maize High School, Maize, KS
  • Highest Seat Belt Use Rate: Washington High School & Academy, Princess Anne, MD
  • Greatest Increase in Seat Belt Use: West Clermont High School, Batavia, OH

Fall 2017 Challenge Winners

  • Best Overall Education Campaign: Caldwell High School, Caldwell, TX
  • Highest Seat Belt Use Rate: Batavia High School, Batavia, OH
  • Greatest Increase in Seat Belt Use: Wallace Junior/Senior High School, Wallace, ID

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