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Battle of the Belt
Battle of the Belt TN is a friendly seat belt competition for Tennessee high schools designed to reduce motor vehicle injuries and fatalities by increasing seat belt use. Registration is in December and the competition takes place during the spring semester. Schools win by conducting a student-led educational program and three unannounced seat belt checks with faculty advisor support. Schools receive awards for educational program excellence, seat belt use increase, and/or maintaining a high seat belt use rate.
The contest is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Health and supported by the Tennessee Department of Education, The Tennessee Injury Community Implementation Group (ICIG), level one trauma centers, and many other partners.
How does Battle of the Belt TN Work?
1. Register Your School (by the last day of November) by completing the BOTB Participation Agreement/BOTB Education Plan online.
2. Conduct Seat Belt Check #1 (by the first Friday in December). Work with your student-led group to complete the on-campus seat belt check and record the results with our new mobile-friendly platform.
3. Conduct Battle of the Belt Education Plan (Jan 1 – May 31) with students, staff, and faculty. Document your efforts with pictures, articles, videos, etc. to create a digital scrapbook.
4. Conduct Seat Belt Check #1 (by the first Friday in February). Work with your student-led group to complete the on-campus seat belt check and record the results with our new mobile-friendly platform.
5. Conduct Seat Belt Check #3 (by the last Friday in March). Work with your student-led group to complete the on-campus seat belt check and record the results with our new mobile-friendly platform.
6. Email completed Battle of the Belt Digital Scrapbook (by first Friday in April) documenting your work in MS PowerPoint, Word, or PDF format to Terrence.Love@tn.gov
Battle of the Belt Student Teams are encouraged to conduct creative, engaging, semester-long programming to improve seat belt use rates. Social media (videos, images, twitter, etc.), email blasts, presentations, announcements, flyers, contests, etc. are also strongly encouraged.
Visit our website here for more information!
To get Reduce TN Crashes points:
1. Complete the requirements of the program.
2. Save your registration confirmation as a PDF or JPEG file.
3. Click "Submit Your Points."
4. Enter the name of the submitter, and select the activity completed, the county, and school.
5. Upload your registration confirmation, confirmation of contest entry, and all applicable photo and video footage, as well as a brief description of the activity (including the date of completion and any people pictured in the photo).
**Note -- Points for all award levels will be counted instantaneously, but the Silver Award will not be granted until a participating school has earned the Bronze Award!**