TENNESSEE – On Tuesday, May 14, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) recognized six high schools for their work as leaders in traffic safety education and awareness. Unicoi County High School, Gibson County High School, David Crocket High School, South Gibson County High School, Bledsoe County High School, and Lenoir City High School were each awarded the 2018-2019 Gold Traffic Safety Award for completing activities with the Reduce TN Crashes program. Each of these schools earned over 3,000 points.
“The Tennessee Highway Safety Office is pleased to congratulate these high schools for their achievements,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Peer-to-peer education has proven to be an effective tool to educate young drivers. These students have become leaders in traffic safety. Their efforts will inspire others to make safe driving choices.”
ReduceTNCrashes.com is a portal connecting schools with teen traffic safety activities. Activities allow local or national organizations and community leaders to work alongside students to further traffic safety education and awareness.
Participating high schools began their fall semester by registering on the Reduce TN Crashes website. Each school then spent the school year selecting activities from the Reduce TN Crashes website, engaging their peers and community, and then submitting documentation of their completion of those activities to earn points and a spot on the Reduce TN Crashes leaderboard. At the end of the academic year, participating schools received a THSO certificate with a ranking indicative of the respective school’s placement: Bronze, Silver, or Gold.
Click here to see all schools: https://www.reducetncrashes.org/schools
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For more information, contact Stephanie Scarborough at email@example.com.
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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: 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.
About the Tennessee Highway Safety Office:
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, and 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.