SADD club promotes safe driving with “buckle-up campaign”

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club is a student organization at St. Patrick that urges young people to make positive decisions that advance their health and safety. One major issue that the organization focuses on is traffic safety, specifically vehicle safety among students. Nationally, The SADD Club is a strong advocate for wearing seat belts. They believe that teen driver safety begins with wearing a seatbelt, and that seat belts could ultimately save young drivers’ lives.

SADD chapters across the country are implementing SADD’s Rock the Belt Campaign. This week, the St. Patrick’s SADD club chapter implemented their own campaign for seat belt wearing. Student drivers were surprised by club members who checked to see if the drivers were wearing their seatbelts. Students who wore seatbelts were rewarded with “smarties” for making smart decisions, while those without seatbelts were given “dum-dums.” The project was designed to not only give students an incentive to wear their seatbelts but also bring awareness to the danger brought about by not wearing one.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for 15- to 20-year-olds in the United States, within this range fall most of the students at St. Patrick. Although these accidents cannot be completely prevented, wearing a seat belt can significantly increase survival rates, therefore reducing the number of teens affected by vehicle related deaths each year. Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half, and they saved 12,802 lives in 2014.

The St. Patrick SADD Club encourages students to make well-informed decision in all aspects of their lives, especially when driving.

Story by Morgan Badurak