September 12, 2023 by News Staff
Students, schools, and youth groups across Virginia are kicking off a statewide campaign to increase seat belt usage rates among teens and youth. Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO)’s peer-to-peer campaign, Drive for Change: Buckle Up and Slow Down, is designed to encourage youth and teens to develop a lifelong buckle up habit by reminding them that seat belts are their best defense against injury and death in a crash. The campaign also addresses speed-prevention as 65% of fatal crashes involving a teen driver in Virginia were speed-related in 2022. Additionally, 65% of teens killed in crashes in 2022 were not wearing a seat belt.