Tennessee Highway Safety Office Recognizes High Schools for Traffic Safety Involvement
TENNESSEE- Tennessee high schools are being honored for their work as leaders in traffic safety awareness and education. Gibson County High School, Tennessee High School, Unicoi County High School, Sullivan Central High School, David Crockett High School, Nolensville High School, and South Gibson County High School will each be awarded the 2017-2018 Gold Traffic Safety Award for completing activities with the Reduce TN Crashes program. These schools have each gained over 3,000 points.
Participating high schools begin their fall semester by registering on the Reduce TN Crashes website. Each school then spends the school year selecting activities from the Reduce TN Crashes website, engaging their peers and community by completing those activities, and then submitting documentation of their completion of those activities to earn points and a spot on the Reduce TN Crashes leaderboard.
“The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is pleased to congratulate these schools for their achievements,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Our youth are true leaders in traffic safety awareness and education. Their active participation promotes safe driving practices not only to their peers but throughout the community.”
ReduceTNCrashes.com is a portal that connect schools with teen traffic safety activities. Activities allow local and national organizations and community leaders to work alongside students in their community to further traffic safety education and awareness. Partners such as Walmart, State Farm, AAA, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Mothers Against Destructive Decisions (MADD), Tennessee Trucking Association, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and many more have various activities represented on the site that bring awareness to the issue of traffic safety. These activities can be as elaborate as holding a ‘Mock Crash’ demonstration for their county, or as simple as hanging a ‘Teen Driver Laws’ banner that promotes awareness and recognition of the GDL laws in the state.
A Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) certificate with a ranking indicative of the respective school’s placement—Bronze, Silver, or Gold—is awarded to all participating schools upon the program’s completion at the end of the academic year. To view the full scoreboard of participating high schools from the 2017-2018 school year, visit
Reduce TN Crashes started in 2013 with a simple idea: increasing traffic safety activities to reduce teen traffic crashes. The program is modeled after National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) best practices of saturation, involvement, and outreach. Reduce TN Crashes combines innovative branding and basic marketing to create a campaign for increasing traffic safety activities in all public and private high schools throughout Tennessee. By providing teen crash rate data and a growing list of safe driving activities, Reduce TN Crashes raises awareness of the need for safe driving programs, provides the tools to find traffic safety activities, and awards points to schools for completing and submitting pictures of their experiences.
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is a division of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security advocating for traffic safety. The THSO works in tandem with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement statewide programs addressing occupant protection, impaired driving, speed enforcement, pedestrian, and bicycle safety while conducting crash data collection and analysis. Programs administered by the THSO are 100 percent federally funded. The THSO’s mission is to effectively develop, implement, and evaluate these programs. To learn more, please visit www.tntrafficsafety.org.