Over the past twenty years, Chester County Highway Safety project has been a key link in the education of the community concerning Highway Safety issues. Specifically the seat belt usage has increased from 60-80% through the education and enforcement efforts directed by Buckle Up PA working with Highway Safety Project. Additional specific initiatives explained in Sections III and IV are critical in our goal as a community education resource and outreach to save lives (reduce car crash fatalities and severe injuries) in Chester County.
Survival 101: A Student's Guide to Staying Alive is a police-driven curriculum designed to encourage appropriate decision making among middle and high school students. Developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Buckle Up PA Project, "Survival 101" provides police officers with the multi media tools necessary to successfully lead a dynamic, hard-hitting presentation. Middle and high school students - ages 12-18 - traditionally have been a difficult audience to reach. Attempts to change attitudes and behaviors in this age group have always been a difficult task.
This curriculum provides a step-by-step program guide that allows officers to draw from his or her own personal experiences when relating to teenage crashes and fatalities. Program leaders who have "been there" can explain to students what it's like to respond to a serious crash and to inform loved ones of tragedy. At Buckle Up PA, we feel that this personal approach - when paired with a high-energy multi-media presentation - is the best way to reach this target age group.
The Back Is Where It’s At
This significant injury prevention presentation deliberately attempts to address the younger audience and respond to the ever-rising increase in the number of needless injuries and fatalities due to non-seat belt use. Emphasis is placed on the importance of keeping oneself safe inside a moving vehicle.
This informational program includes topics such as seat belts, entire family usage, air bags and back seat usage by those less than 13 years of age. By use of demonstrations and interaction, the students will be encouraged to develop these life-saving habits and urge their family to do the same.
Contact Information for Program Set Up
Chester County Highway Safety Project 610-363-8701