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Renton Police Partner With High School Students to Improve Seatbelt Usage

April 20, 2010

For more information contact:

Travis Gnehm, Cadet (coordinating program), tgnehm@rentonwa.gov 
Craig Sjolin, Sergeant of Patrol Services Division, 425-430-7561; csjolin@rentowna.gov 
Terri Vickers, Public Information Officer, 425-430-7520; tvickers@rentonwa.gov

Renton, WA – Get With It and Click It!, a program that rewards high school students for wearing seatbelts, has “buckled” its way into Renton, Hazen, and Lindbergh high schools.  Following a model developed by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, Get With It and Click It! promotes seat belt awareness and strives to improve safety among teen drivers. 

Leadership students, partnered with Renton police officers, have been educating peers at each school about traffic laws and safe driving.  Posters promoting traffic safety are on display at the schools, and student partners are proudly wearing “Get With It and Click It!” t-shirts.

On a chosen day, vehicles driving into the high schools’ parking lots will be monitored by student partners and police officers.  Those wearing seatbelts will receive a special “ticket” that can be exchanged for a sweet treat, and can enter a raffle to win prizes including gift cards from local businesses and an opportunity to ride-along with a Renton police officer.  These dates are tentatively scheduled for May 7 (Renton High School), May 14 (Hazen High School), and May 21 (Lindbergh High School). 

Get With It and Click It! at Renton high schools is funded through a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and State Farm Insurance.  Business sponsors include Target Corporation and McDonalds at 4411 NE Sunset Blvd. 

Links:
• www.facebook.com/GetWithItandClickIt
• http://rentonwa.gov/living/default.aspx?id=27783 
• http://www.wtsc.wa.gov/programs/ciat.php