Last fall, Mrs. Lazo’s BIM II Class, consisting of Steven Amazeen, Rosa Martinez, Ernie Homeyer, Will Stelzig, Macey McCuller, Alexia Perkio, Johnpaul Hillhouse, Jenna Elsworth, Colby Botkin, Chelise Duesterhoft, Joe Gruber, and Charles Grassl, prepared a campaign to address driving safety. The main topics included seat belt safety, distracted driving, driving under the influence, and driving while tired. The purpose of this program was two-fold: 1) increase teen driver safety and 2) to enter a contest through the National Organization for Youth Safety.
The campaign began on and ran through November 1 of 2017. They kicked off their campaign with a presentation by Jamie Chapman and his personal experience with drunk driving. Then the students moved on to safe-driving themed activities in the parking lot. Partnering with the Texas Transportation Institute, the students were able to include stations, such as pedal carts to simulate drunk driving, a distracted obstacle course, fatal vision mat, impaired driving simulator, a safe driving edge and more.
Also required for this contest was to organize and conduct two unannounced seat belt checks. One before the rally and one after rally to see the effect of their campaign on seat belt use. There was an increase in seat belt use.
The students also made a set of videos that debunked dangerous driving habits with real facts. These videos, entitled “Steven Ruins Bad Driving Habits” featured Steve Amazeen and Ernie Homeyer can be found on YouTube. In addition, the class created a website and twitter page to highlight the importance of safe driving for teens.
Finally, all the data, information, and pictures were collected and submitted to NOYS for the National Seat Belts Save Challenge contest. Caldwell High School won the 2017 Seat Belts Save Best Overall Campaign!
For winning this contest, the class will be awarded $1500 and two students and Mrs. Lazo will fly to Washington DC in October 2018 to participate in the NOYS Interactive Traffic Safety Lab with all expenses paid.