Students Excel in Seat Belt Challenge

photo of seat belt challenge team

Left to right: FCPS Career and Technology Center (CTC) Criminal Justice teacher Andy Zucco, Maryland Highway Safety Office Director Dr. Tim Kearns, CTC Digital Design student Jeveaun-Dean Linton, CTC Criminal Justice students Luis Ramirez, Allison Fry, Liam Johnson and Jacob Fraley, and CTC Criminal Justice teacher Don Duman.

The Maryland Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Office is recognizing Frederick County Public Schools’ Career and Technology Center (CTC) students for excelling in this year’s Making It Click Maryland Seat Belt Challenge. CTC students achieved the largest seat belt usage increase of all participants statewide. CTC students’ seat belt use rose 3.8% from 94.2% to 97.8% following the challenge.

Making It Click (MIC) is a program aimed at increasing seat belt usage among young drivers, ages 16-20, and passengers. The program seeks to increase young drivers' awareness of how decisions made behind the wheel can impact their ability to reach destinations safely. MIC competition entries were judged on their effectiveness in creatively illustrating a seat belt safety theme with a series of public service announcements, pledges, posters and flyers. Participants were required to conduct pre- and post-seat belt observational surveys at their school to establish the seat belt usage rate.

According to teachers Donald Duman and Andrew Zucco, students in the CTC’s Homeland Security/Criminal Justice program took on the project to collect baseline data on their peers’ seat belt usage, then to educate them and collect post-education data. They used banners, posters and public service announcements to teach their peers the importance of proper seat belt use.

"We are proud of our students for the hard work they put into this life-saving project," Mr. Duman said. Participating students were Jacob Fraley and Liam Johnson from Walkersville High, Allison Fry from Frederick High and Luis Ramirez from Governor Thomas Johnson High.

"The Make It Click challenge proves to be another example of  the real-world skills and experience CTC students gain in the Homeland Security/Criminal Justice program," Mr. Zucco added. "We welcome students interested in making a difference and will continue to participate in these important opportunities."