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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/162469
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Teens in the "Drivers Seat": Improving Seat Belt Use
Abstract:
Teens in the "Drivers Seat": Improving Seat Belt Use
Conference Sponsor:Emergency Nurses Association
Conference Year:2008
Author:Cassabaum, Vicky, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Mile-High Regional Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council
Title:Injury Prevention Coordinator
Contact Address:4231 W. 16th Avenue, Denver, CO, 80204, USA
Contact Telephone:(303) 629-3788
Co-Authors:Marcus Houston, BA; Sue Matzick, RN, BSN, EMT-P; Theresa Rapstine, RN, BSN; Shirley Terry, RN, BSN; Phyllis UrIbe, RN, BSN; Jeri E.F. Harwood, PhD; and Steve Moultan, MD
[Injury Prevention Posters] Injury Prevention Topic: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. One cause is low seat belt use rates. Educational programs to evaluate and promote seat-belt use among teens are needed.
Implementation: Alarming numbers of traffic fatalities involving teen drivers prompted the injury prevention coordinators of four local Level I Trauma Centers from a Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC) to apply for funding to address the problem. In 2006, the RETAC was awarded a DOT grant to develop a Teen Traffic Safety Challenge within the six RETAC counties. We have received successive funding for 2007 and 2008.
The Teen Traffic Safety Challenge is based on a successful program organized by a nearby Drive Smart coalition. This annual campaign has been running since 1990, and participating schools have seen seat belt use increase by as much as 29%. The campaign lasts seven weeks and is a friendly challenge between schools to increase seat belt use and general knowledge about traffic safety and safe habits among teenagers. The challenge is a peer to peer campaign consisting of pre and post campaign seatbelt use observations, a "toolkit" with suggested activities and resources for students to use to increase seat belt usage awareness and submission of a portfolio showcasing the school's program.

Outcomes: In 2003, 91 teen drivers and passengers lost their lives on our state's roadways. In 2004, this number increased to 96 victims, (34% wore seat belts and 47% were ejected). At the beginning of the safety campaign, average seat-belt use among teen drivers was 47%, versus 40% for teen passengers. Post-campaign seat-belt use was 83% among teen drivers versus 59% for teen passengers. Overall use increased by 26%, to an average use rate of 69%.

Recommendations: The teens who participated have demonstrated leadership and the ability to increase awareness about seat belt use in their school. This in turn has demonstrated a change in behavior (increased seat belt usage) which has carried over to schools who participate in subsequent campaigns. Collaboration between agencies has provided many resources for the teens to successfully run their campaigns and has assisted with securing grant funding. Our next steps would be to seek community partners to fiscally support the project and provide sustainability.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Emergency Nurses Association

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTeens in the "Drivers Seat": Improving Seat Belt Useen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/162469-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Teens in the &quot;Drivers Seat&quot;: Improving Seat Belt Use</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Emergency Nurses Association</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Cassabaum, Vicky, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Mile-High Regional Emergency and Trauma Advisory Council</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Injury Prevention Coordinator</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">4231 W. 16th Avenue, Denver, CO, 80204, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">(303) 629-3788</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">vickycassabaum@centura.org</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Marcus Houston, BA; Sue Matzick, RN, BSN, EMT-P; Theresa Rapstine, RN, BSN; Shirley Terry, RN, BSN; Phyllis UrIbe, RN, BSN; Jeri E.F. Harwood, PhD; and Steve Moultan, MD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Injury Prevention Posters] Injury Prevention Topic: Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers. One cause is low seat belt use rates. Educational programs to evaluate and promote seat-belt use among teens are needed.<br/>Implementation: Alarming numbers of traffic fatalities involving teen drivers prompted the injury prevention coordinators of four local Level I Trauma Centers from a Regional Emergency Medical and Trauma Advisory Council (RETAC) to apply for funding to address the problem. In 2006, the RETAC was awarded a DOT grant to develop a Teen Traffic Safety Challenge within the six RETAC counties. We have received successive funding for 2007 and 2008.<br/>The Teen Traffic Safety Challenge is based on a successful program organized by a nearby Drive Smart coalition. This annual campaign has been running since 1990, and participating schools have seen seat belt use increase by as much as 29%. The campaign lasts seven weeks and is a friendly challenge between schools to increase seat belt use and general knowledge about traffic safety and safe habits among teenagers. The challenge is a peer to peer campaign consisting of pre and post campaign seatbelt use observations, a &quot;toolkit&quot; with suggested activities and resources for students to use to increase seat belt usage awareness and submission of a portfolio showcasing the school's program. <br/><br/>Outcomes: In 2003, 91 teen drivers and passengers lost their lives on our state's roadways. In 2004, this number increased to 96 victims, (34% wore seat belts and 47% were ejected). At the beginning of the safety campaign, average seat-belt use among teen drivers was 47%, versus 40% for teen passengers. Post-campaign seat-belt use was 83% among teen drivers versus 59% for teen passengers. Overall use increased by 26%, to an average use rate of 69%. <br/><br/>Recommendations: The teens who participated have demonstrated leadership and the ability to increase awareness about seat belt use in their school. This in turn has demonstrated a change in behavior (increased seat belt usage) which has carried over to schools who participate in subsequent campaigns. Collaboration between agencies has provided many resources for the teens to successfully run their campaigns and has assisted with securing grant funding. Our next steps would be to seek community partners to fiscally support the project and provide sustainability.<br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T10:28:44Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T10:28:44Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipEmergency Nurses Associationen_GB
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