By Greg Grisolano
Globe Staff Writer
JOPLIN, Mo. —
A seat belt awareness campaign launched by area high school students received national attention at an awards ceremony last week.
Seat Belts Are For Everyone, also know as SAFE, received the Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement award during the Governors Highway Safety Association’s annual conference in Kansas City.
The SAFE program was lauded for raising the rates of seat belt compliance among teens in Crawford County, Kan., from 54 percent in 2008 to 77 percent in 2010.
The program was started by a group of high school seniors from six schools in Crawford County and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department.
What started out as a local initiative reaching roughly 1,980 students in Crawford County has spread to 22 additional Kansas counties and an estimated 30,000 students, according to Sheriff Sandy Horton.
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