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The Seatbelt Challenge is an annual event held at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is a fun day set aside for area teenagers to promote wearing seatbelts and driving responsibly. Area high schools enter two four-person teams (a football team and a cheerleader team) that will compete in timed obstacle races. Half of each team wears "Fatal Vision Goggles", which simulate alcohol impairment. Part of the obstacle course requires buckling-up a seat belt in a National Guard Humvee. The winning teams carry home a large rotation trophy to be proudly displayed at their school for a year.
Adult teams are also included in the fun. Among the adult teams who participated in 2009 were the Stark County Sheriff's Office, the Perry Police Department, the Louisville Police Department, the Aultman Health Foundation, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the Canton City Health Department.
Other activities included a football toss, deejay from local radio station, DARE and police vehicles, Aultman Hospital WOW vehicle, the National Guard's rock wall and informational displays.
High school participants were eligible for some great door prizes and winning teams were also given tickets to Cedar Point. All participants received a goody bag that included a T-shirt, free pass to Sluggers and Putters, a travel mug, admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and other items. Participants and spectators who signed a seat belt pledge card were eligible for free drawings of gas cards, restaurant gift certificates, and other prizes. Participants were treated to free pizza. Spectators were treated to free popcorn and cotton candy. Winners of the vertical jump contest were provided with memberships to the Aultman Fitness Center.
The winning teams in 2009 were the Central Catholic Cheerleaders, the Central Catholic Football team and the Perry Police Department. Congratulations to the winners and to all who participated in this important event!
The leading cause of death for teenagers is vehicle crashes. Low seatbelt use is one of the principal reasons why the teen driver and the teen passenger traffic fatality rate remain high. It is estimated that thousands of lives are saved each year by something as simple as taking 3 seconds to fasten a seat belt. According to the Ohio Department of Public Safety alcohol-impaired drivers are involved in approximately 38% of all fatal crashes on Ohio's roadways. This is why this event is so important to Stark County and why as a community we are dedicated to educating our drivers on safe driving practices
We would like to give a special THANK YOU to all of our generous sponsors and partners who helped to make this event possible and a success.
SEATBELTS SAVE LIVES!!!!
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