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Neshaminy Achieves Greatest Percentage Increase In Bucks County High School Seatbelt Safety Challenge Presented By NJM Insurance!

Highway Safety News, TMA News | June 5th, 2024

We are proud to announce that Neshaminy High School achieved the greatest percentage increase in seatbelt usage for the 17th Annual Bucks County High School Seatbelt Safety Challenge presented by NJM Insurance Group!

Neshaminy student drivers posted a four percent increase (90 % in the Fall to 94 % in the Spring) which was the best of all 21 schools that participated in the challenge this year.

Neshaminy High School’s “Interact Club” under the direction of teacher Ms. Suzi Drake promoted the Seatbelt Challenge throughout the school year and received a cash grant and perpetual plaque from TMA Bucks for their accomplishment.

“I am so proud of the work our students have done around the goal of encouraging their classmates to make good choices in regard to driving safely,” said Drake. “We would like to thank TMA Bucks for organizing the Bucks County High School Seatbelt Safety Challenge and wish everyone a safe and happy summer.”

Neshaminy also had the greatest percentage increase during the 2010-11 school year.

“Congrats to the Neshaminy students that worked so hard this school year to raise their seatbelt usage,” said TMA Bucks executive director Stephen Noll. “The leadership of the Interact Club whose goal is to help make the Neshaminy community a better place clearly delivered in promoting buckling up.”

New Hope-Solebury student drivers had the highest overall seatbelt use (98 percent) while Central Bucks High School East was voted the winner of this year’s Teen Driver Safety Video PSA Challenge powered by Comcast.

In Fall 2023, baseline surveys on seatbelt usage by student drivers were conducted at high schools throughout the county without the knowledge of the student body or administration in order to ensure the most accurate data sampling. All schools were then challenged to raise seatbelt usage and participate in the Bucks County High School Seatbelt Safety Challenge. Various student groups then at each participating school promote the Seatbelt Challenge to all students throughout the school year in a variety of creative ways. Follow-up surveys took place unannounced in April and May and the winning schools were decided.

NJM Insurance Group was the presenting sponsor this year with supporting sponsorships coming from AAA Mid-Atlantic, Automotive Training Center, Bucks County Community College, Jefferson Bucks Hospital, Bowman, Stark & Stark, and Visit Bucks County.

“NJM Insurance Group is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s TMA Bucks Seatbelt Challenge,” said Erica Rosso, NJM Consumer Safety Partnership and Program Supervisor. “According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, using a seatbelt can help reduce the risk of fatal injury for drivers and front-seat passengers by 60% which is why contests such as these are crucial in spreading awareness.”