The Injury Prevention Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock, in partnership with the New Hampshire Office of Highway Safety, has revised the state’s seat belt challenge for the 2018/2019 school year. As in past years, the primary goal of the challenge is to further educate teens about the importance of using their seat belts each and every time that they are in a motor vehicle.
Information about the challenge, including registration materials, will be sent out to New Hampshire High Schools. If you are interested in participating in the challenge and would like information, please contact Howard Hedegard at 603-848-0078 or by e-mail at Howard C. Hedegard@hitchcock.org.
Each participating school will be required to conduct an initial seat belt use observational assessment of their students as they leave the school’s parking lot by November 30 of 2018. The percentage of student’s using their seat belts will serve as the school’s baseline.
A second belt use assessment is to be conducted, by each participating school, between April 1 and April 19 of 2019. This will provide the school’s final belt use percentage. The three schools with the largest percentile increases in teen seat belt use will be the winning schools and will be recognized at a statewide event to be held in Concord during May of 2019.
The time between the two seat belt assessments is to be used to provide educational programs at the participating schools. We have a number of educational resources that you can use to achieve the desired increase in seat belt usage. Please use the “Can We Help” page to let us know how we can assist you.