Seatbelt challenge encourages Craig kids to buckle up |

Seatbelt challenge encourages Craig kids to buckle up

Law enforcement, emergency responders, and Memorial Regional Health staff handed out ice cream vouchers instead of tickets during the Seat belt Challenge, held the first week of high school.
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CRAIG — Treats, not tickets, were handed out during a recent seat belt challenge to encourage Craig kids to buckle up.

Coupons for a free ice cream cone from Bear Coal Soda Foundation were handed out to all high school students wearing their seat belts on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of the first week of school.

For the seat belt challenge last week, organizers handed out coupons for a free ice cream cone from Bear Coal Soda Fountain to all the high school kids wearing their seat belts when they left school on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

“We handed out statistics sheets with various types of statistics related to motor vehicle accidents and seat belt use, distracted driving, and more on Tuesday and Thursday,” said Memorial Regional Health Trauma Coordinator Megan O’Toole.

In addition to Memorial Regional Health staff, the Colorado State Patrol and Craig Police Department both participated in handing out the coupons and fact sheets.

After the seat belt challenge received positive feedback from students and various community members, partners began looking at ways to expand on it.

“We are really hoping we can be more involved in the community setting and provide education regarding the importance of seat belt use and minimizing distracted driving,” O’Toole said, adding that they hope to “provide some education in the Craig Middle School and the elementary schools.”

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