Rock The Belt
We are pleased to present a middle school version of Rock the Belt, a SADD national core program that uses peer-to-peer based prevention strategies to engage schools, parents, and communities about the importance of wearing seat belts in every vehicle, every seat, every time.
Research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens today. Of these deaths, 54% of teens (13-19 years old) were unbuckled.
Crash reports show that over the past five years, almost half of all tweens (8-14 years old) killed in crashes weren’t wearing their seat belts.
Rock the Belt is designed to address these statistics through education and engaging activities for high school and middle school students.
Mississippi SADD, in conjunction with the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety started Rock the Belt. Shortly after, a NHTSA-funded evaluation concluded that Rock the Belt increased seat belt use among teens. Indiana and Illinois SADD adopted the program, and the SADD national office named it a core SADD national program in 2015.
In 2018 and 2019, SADD chapters in Louisiana, Ohio and Tennessee tested and modified Rock the Belt activities for middle school audiences. So, what’s new in this version of Rock the Belt?
· More activities for middle school audiences
· New social media messaging and graphics for tweens, teens and parents on the importance of seat belt use
· New seat belt observation forms
· New seat belt quick quiz to measure student knowledge
· New program evaluation forms for students, parents and administrators