Safety's sweet rewards

Published March 18 2014
Updated March 18 2014

Douglas R. Clifford | Times

Countryside High freshman Austin Mathews receives a Smarties as a reward for putting on his seat belt before leaving the school on Tuesday during the annual Battle of the Belts Competition. To increase awareness of seat belt use and safety the week before spring break, Clearwater police and members of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) checked cars exiting the school's parking lot at dismissal. Students who buckled up received Smarties; those who didn't received Dum Dums. Countryside, which has 2,200 students with about 300 driving to and from school, is one of five Pinellas schools in the competition.