Glen Burnie, Md. – The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) and its Highway Safety Office visited two Maryland High schools recently and recognized their achievements for the Making It Click program, a peer-led effort to increase awareness and usage of seat belts among younger drivers and passengers.
At the start and end of the Making It Click program, students conducted surveys to observe whether drivers and passengers were buckled up as they drove into school. Kent Island High School of Stevensville in Queen Anne’s County was recognized for the highest overall seat belt usage rate at 96.6 percent. Frederick County Career and Technology Center in Frederick County was recognized for achieving the largest increase in seat belt usage, with students increasing their usage rate 3.8 percent by the end of the program.
“These students have set the example on how to share live saving safety messages with friends and family to change behavior and save lives on our roadways,” stated MDOT MVA Administrator and Governor Hogan’s Highway Safety Representative Chrissy Nizer. “MDOT MVA is appreciative of their work and commitment to the Making It Click program.”
MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer and Maryland Highway Safety Office Director Dr. Tim Kerns presented the principals, faculty and student leaders with Making It Click plaques during an awards program where students had the opportunity to snap selfies in front of a celebration banner. Student efforts included creating posters, videos, memes, and flyers, and providing tips during morning announcements and on school broadcast channels.
The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter at Kent Island High School and the Criminal Justice Program at Frederick County Career and Technology Center led the efforts for their respective schools.