Vehicle crashes kill more teens than anything else.
And those deaths are preventable.
That's a message from the Hillsborough County Community Traffic Safety Team.
Teens use safety belts less than any other age group. So team members started a campaign called the Battle of the Belts aimed at getting teens to buckle up.
During a ceremony at Bloomingdale High School on Wednesday, cash awards from community donors were given to schools countywide for students' use of seat belts.
Bloomingdale and Blake High won for the largest percentage of use. Gaither High won for the most improved. Lennard High won for the best campaign, and Tampa Bay Tech won for best public service announcement.
Along with awards, Shane Downs told teens why it's so important. His best friend died in a crash in 2006 when his vehicle rolled over.
He had not been wearing a seat belt.
Elisabeth Parker, Times Staff Writer