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Florida High School wins 'Battle of the Belts'

Competition promotes safe driving practices
Posted at 5:44 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 17:44:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the '100 deadliest days of driving' and one local organization is encouraging kids to buckle up.

Friday morning, Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo and community partners recognized this year's winner of Battle of the Belts.

Florida High School had the highest rate of kids wearing seat belts out of all of the Leon County high schools. The annual competition promotes safe driving practices by encouraging high school students to convince their peers to always wear their seat belts.

"We think this is a great opportunity to talk to the kids, tell them to buckle up and keep them from being injured. and they they talk to their parents and use social media, and we keep people safer," said Jim Messer, an attorney.

To determine the winners, TPD officers monitor students' seat belt use as they come and go on school campuses.

Community partners say they'll keep hosting Battle of the Belts until they have a 100 percent buckle-up rate.