MRPC News Release

April 2, 2012
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            Bonnie J. Prigge, (573) 265-2993


Crocker High School receives award for 2011
Battle of the Belt

CROCKER—The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recently honored Crocker High School for its accomplishments in the 2011 Battle of the Belt high school seat belt challenge, which ran from Oct. 3 to Nov. 11, 2011.

The Battle of the Belt challenge, designed to increase seat belt use in teens, features an unannounced peer-conducted safety belt survey of students, followed by a peer-designed educational campaign, with a final surprise safety belt survey to conclude if more students are buckling up. Students were also able to submit a 30-second video with a focus on encouraging their fellow classmates to buckle up. Some 155 schools participated in the challenge, including 38 schools in the Central District.

Crocker High School received the silver-level award, which required a final seat belt usage of 95 to 98 percent. In Crocker High School’s initial survey, 72.73 percent of students were belted. In its final survey, 97.4 percent were belted, for a total improvement of 33.93 percent.

Schools with the highest overall score received a traveling plaque, a banner and a $350 check from American Family Insurance. Schools in the most improved category also received these prizes. If schools rated 91 percent or higher in seat belt usage, they became eligible for a gold (99-100 percent), silver (95-98 percent) or bronze (91-44 percent) banner.

For the public service announcement videos, first place received $500, second place received $300 and third place received $200.

A complete list of Battle of the Belt winners from 2011 is available by visiting Schools may now register online for the 2012 competition at The competition dates for 2012 are slated from Oct. 1 to Nov. 9.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, American Family Insurance and the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians sponsor the program.

The Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee also supports the Battle of the Belt challenge by encouraging safe driving for teens. Besides encouraging the use of seat belts, the coalition urges the use of booster seats and child safety seats and discourages drinking and driving, the use of cell phones while driving and other types of distracted driving. The coalition strives to be actively involved in promoting the Arrive Alive message by encouraging roadway safety during community events and school presentations.

The Meramec Region coalition was formed in January 2012 for the counties of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington to localize the efforts of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Central District, which includes 18 counties.

Law enforcement, fire departments, EMS personnel, educators, healthcare professionals and the general public are invited to participate in the coalition and learn more about its efforts to reduce fatalities and accidents.

Dianna Johnson, education and outreach coordinator with MoDOT’s Central District, presented Crocker High School with a silver banner for its participation in the 2011 Battle of the Belt competition. By the end of the competition, 97.4 percent of Crocker High School students were wearing their seat belts while driving. Crocker needed a final score of at least 95 percent for the silver-level award. Johnson presented the banner with Kathleen Nahm, representing the Meramec Region Coalition for Roadway Safety Subcommittee, at the Crocker R-2 School District board meeting March 27, 2012. Also pictured from left are: Johnson; Tami Bobbitt, Crocker High School principal; Abby Helton, high school senior; Ann Stevenson, Crocker High School counselor; and Nahm.

For more information, contact Kathleen Nahm at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or by email at

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