On May 4, students from John Shields Elementary School in Sugar Grove began participating in a program to reinforce the importance of making use of safety belts.
The Sergeant Seatbelt Occupant Protection Contest is offered in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationâ€™s (NHTSA) â€œClick It or Ticketâ€ campaign and is the result of a cooperative effort between Principal Shelley Hueber, Sugar Grove Police Chief Bradley Sauer and the Waubonsee Community College Driver Safety Program.
The contest features child-friendly characters and age-appropriate activities for kindergarten through fifth grade, including Grades K and 1 coloring a picture; Grades 2 and 3 drawing a picture and explaining what they have drawn; Grade 4 completing a word search; and Grade 5 completing a crossword puzzle.
NHTSA statistics show car crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 14 and younger.
â€œIt is very important to begin educating children and reinforcing early on the importance of using safety belts every trip, every time,â€ Waubonsee Driver Safety Manager Kevin Sullivan said. â€œResearch has demonstrated that seat belt safety training for young children in their school can increase not only their belt use rates but also the belt use rate for their entire family.â€