Bergen County High Schools Rewarded for Seatbelt Usage

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Hackensack University Medical Center congratulates students from 24 high Bergen County High Schools who participated in the High School Traffic Safety Challenge.
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The Trauma/Surgical Critical Care and Injury Prevention Section of the Department of Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center recently hosted the High School Traffic Safety Challenge Awards ceremony for student representatives and teachers from 24 Bergen County high schools. This program was developed by the Drive Smart Foundation and funded by a grant from State Farm.

“We are very proud of the high schools that participated in this Traffic Safety Challenge,” said Meliam Gonzales, RN, trauma prevention coordinator and clinical educator at HackensackUMC.  “The Challenge is a friendly competition between local high schools designed to increase seatbelt usage.  Every year we see improvement, which means that the message about the importance of always wearing a seatbelt is getting through to students.”

This year’s winning high schools are as follows:

  • Best Overall Seatbelt Usage

                Immaculate Heart Academy, Washington Township

                Indian Hills High School, Oakland

 

  • Most Improved Seatbelt Usage

                Cliffside Park, 21% overall increase

 

  • 2ndBest Most Improved Seatbelt Usage

                St. Mary’s, Rutherford, 18% overall increase

 

  • Most Improved Back Seatbelt Usage

                Cresskill, 43% increase

 

  • 2ndPlace Most Improved Back Seatbelt Usage

                Lyndhurst, 31% increase

                New Milford, 31% increase

 

  • Poster Winners

                Distracted Driving Focus

                River Dell, Oradell

                Immaculate Heart Academy

 

                Don’t Drink and Drive Focus

                Ramapo, Franklin Lakes

                Leonia

 

                Seatbelt focus

                Cresskill

                Cliffside Park  

 

The following high schools also participated and were presented with plaques for their continued commitment to trauma prevention and community education:

Bergenfield, Don Bosco, Dumont, Fair Lawn, Fort Lee, Garfield, Hackensack, Immaculate Conception, Lodi, Northern Highlands, Palisades Park, Park Ridge, Saddle Brook and Waldwick.

For more information about trauma prevention, please contact Meliam Gonzales at 551-996-2672 or mgonzales@hackensackUMC.org.

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Hackensack University Medical Center congratulates students from 24 high Bergen County High Schools who participated in the High School Traffic Safety Challenge.

 
 

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