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MHS students push seat belt usage

Did you know that Middlesex High School is active in YOVASO? What’s YOVASO you ask? Well, YOVASO stands for Youth of Virginia Speak Out and MHS is speaking out about driving safety.

YOVASO is a youth leadership organization focused on saving the lives of teenage drivers. This is done by educating, encouraging and empowering teenagers to be traffic safety advocates in their schools and communities. YOVASO helps students and school administrators set up a YOVASO Club, or expand an already existing club to include safe driving initiatives.

Trainings, support materials, safety campaigns, and staff assistance are all free. YOVASO provides its student leaders and club members with yearly training sessions to help them speak out confidently about safe teen driving and positive solutions. In addition to school trainings, YOVASO offers leadership retreats and participation in state and national traffic safety conferences for students who want to be more actively involved in teen safe driving efforts. 

During the three-week campaign, September 24-October 15, the Middlesex chapter will participate in “Save Your Tail-Gate, Buckle-Up,” challenging teens to buckle-up and drive safely. The campaign will consist of seat belt safety promotions, seat belt checks and pledge signings, all centered around educational and awareness activities to increase overall seat belt use among teens. 

Purchase a Charger Buckle-up t-shirt for $10 and wear it to the homecoming game.

The Middlesex Save Your Tail-Gate campaign is in memory of LaTasha and DaVonte Scott. It is sponsored by YOVASO, the Virginia State Police Association, and the Allstate Foundation.

posted 09.26.2012

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