Program encourages teens to wear safety belts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Governor's Highway Safety Office is sponsoring a program to encourage teenagers to wear safety belts.

The program is called Click It and Ticket, giving teens tickets they can use to win prizes as a reward for wearing their safety belts.

Participating schools are Milan High School, Fayetteville High School, Cookeville High School and Dickson County High School.

Volunteers will conduct seat belt observations at the schools this month, giving tickets to students found wearing their belts. The tickets can then be entered in a drawing. Winners will receive gift cards worth $10, $50 and $100.

According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.

Last year, Tennessee lost 92 teens in motor vehicle crashes.

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