Host a campaign/event to improve student seat belt usage rates at your school.
Rock the Belt is for anyone (SADD chapters, prevention or leadership groups, community coalitions, etc.) committed to saving lives – specifically teen lives – by promoting the importance of buckling your seat belt in every vehicle, in every seat, every time! During this week-long event, students can participate in fun and effective activities to raise awareness, educate, and engage peers, the community and even parents on the statistics and why it’s critical to buckle up, every time, in every vehicle.
Individual activites to Complete Rock the Belt:
Quick-Click Challenge: The Quick-Click Challenge is a competition that demonstrates the ease of putting on and taking off a safety belt. Teams of four students and/or adults race against each other in this safety belt relay, reinforcing “buckle-up” behavior. Invite local media; Take pictures/video; Consider inviting your local agent(s); Add the hashtag #INSADD and #rockthebelt to social media posts.
- A safe location
- A full-size, four-door vehicle with manual lap/shoulder belts in front and rear
- Four traffic cones or some method (sidewalk chalk) to designate a safe relay area
- A minimum of two monitors - Quick-Click Crew
- A stopwatch that registers hundredths of a second (0.00)
- Score sheet for recording times » A whistle » Quick-Click Shirts for the fastest team
- Find an area that is level and paved to provide good footing.
- Set up boundary markers (ropes, chalk or cones) to keep spectators out of the relay area.
- Divide your group into teams of four (someone can go more than once if the teams are uneven).
- The four members will start buckled in their seats.
- For safety, all doors must remain OPEN at all times.
- Participants are to make a concerted effort to avoid any contact with the exterior of the vehicle, especially the doors.
- Not doing so may result in a time penalty or disqualification assessed by the Quick-Click Crew.
- When the whistle is blown, the stopwatch is activated.
- Each person will unbuckle, EXIT the vehicle and move to the next seat (in a clockwise rotation).
- After every safety belt is buckled, team members raise BOTH hands into the air.
- One monitor will watch and blow the whistle when all four players are buckled up with hands raised.
- The action is repeated four times, so that each person sits once in each seat — again, always moving CLOCKWISE.
- When each member is back in his/her original seat, buckled with raised hands, the time is stopped and recorded by the second monitor.
- Send a photo of the quickest team (along with t-shirt sizes) to Ohio SADD. We’ll recognize the team on social media and mail you their Quick-Click T-shirts (limit of four per school per school year).
Sidewalk Chalk: Use sidewalk chalk to visually show the entire student body how important it is to buckle up! Be creative with your messaging. Provide simple reminders to buckle up and that doing so could save their life. Consider holding a sidewalk chalk contest. Have students submit their sidewalk art idea ahead of time, and give the student with the winning design a featured, high traffic location to draw their message for everyone to see! Materials: Sidewalk chalk
Cheer for Safety Belts! Work with your cheerleading squad to create and perform a safety belt cheer at a game. Get the crowd involved with emphasis on a few key words or motions. Optional: Toss items with teen traffic safety messaging into the crowds after the cheer is completed
Duct Tape Safety Belts/ "Fasten Show": Provide colorful duct tape and have students decorate themselves with duct tape “safety belts”, a fun activity and an effective visual reminder. Be sure take photos for yearbook, newspaper, and social media (#INSADD and #rockthebelt). Consider taking this activity to the next level by hosting a “Fasten Show” with a runway, lights, social media paparazzi, etc. Award the most stylishly belted students a prize. Materials: Duct tape; Runway; Red Carpet; Lights; Paparazzi; Prizes
School Announcements: More than likely, you have used the school announcements as a way of educating in the past. Brainstorm what seat belt use message(s) might be shared to help you get your point across to your fellow students. Be creative! If you have video announcements, consider creating and submitting a video PSA to be shown to the student body. Materials: Video Camera; Video editing
Rockin’ the Belt Recognition: As an alternative (or in addition) to the seat belt survey, record the license plate number or other identifying information of all student drivers who are buckled up when coming into school. Then place the names into a hat for a drawing to win prizes, such as gift cards, etc. Make a big deal of the winners, and thank everyone who buckled up! Materials:Parking lot observers / Prizes
Partner With Local Media: If you want safety belt usage rates to increase, you need to get the word out! Contact your local media about your Rock the Belt initiative(s). Use the press release template (see last page) to inform your local media of your plans. Invite media to attend or participate in some of your activities. Take video or pictures and submit them after your events. Check with your local radio station about running Rock the Belt public service announcements. Materials: Press Release Form; Camera (for video or photos.
- Complete the activity as described above.
- Take photos/video of students participating in the activity.
- Click "Submit Points."
- Fill out the online submission COMPLETELY
- Enter the name and email of the submitter
- Upload your photos/video and a brief description of the activity (including the date of completion and any people pictured in the photo).
- Multiple individual classroom presentations or school assemblies will only be approved as one submission
- Schools must take new photos with and submit these pictures to earn points again for the current year.
- Points for all award levels will be counted instantaneously, but the Silver Award will not be granted until a participating school has earned the Bronze Award!
Share photos and video to school social media sites
Jackie Bain, SAFE Delaware County Coalition coordinator