Battle of the Belt

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Battle of the Belt TN is an evidence-based program for Tennessee high schools designed to reduce motor vehicle injuries and fatalities by increasing seat belt use.  We recommend the program begin in December and occur during the spring semester.  Schools improve seat belt use by conducting a student-led educational program and three unannounced seat belt checks with faculty advisor support. Schools can document and showcase educational programs, seat belt use increase, and/or maintaining a high seat belt use rate and share with students, faculty, parents, and community partners.

To encourage the community to always use their seatbelts, many schools have created digital scrapbooks, school websites, public service announcements, and social media initiatives.

The Tennessee Department of Health developed the program and is supported by the Tennessee Department of Education, The Tennessee Injury Prevention Coalition, level-one trauma centers, and many other partners.

How Does Battle of the Belt TN Work?

Register Your School (by the last day of November) by completing the BOTB Participation Agreement/School Education Plan.  You must register online, but you can preview a copy of the application (PDF) here.

Conduct Seat Belt Check #1 (by the first Friday in December) Use a smartphone or tablet and the BOTB MOBILE Seat Belt Check Form to complete the on-campus seat belt check OR use the pencil and paper form.  If you use the pencil and paper form, you must upload that data manually here within 24 hours of the check.

Conduct Battle of the Belt Education Plan (Jan 1 – May 31) with students, staff, and faculty. Document your efforts with pictures, articles, videos, etc. to create a digital scrapbook.

Conduct Seat Belt Check #2 (by the last Friday in February)  Use a smartphone or tablet with the BOTB MOBILE Seat Belt Check Form to complete the on-campus seat belt check OR use the pencil and paper form.  If you use the pencil and paper form you must upload that data manually here within 24 hours of the check.

Conduct Seat Belt Check #3 (by the last Friday in March)  Use a smartphone or tablet with the BOTB MOBILE Seat Belt Check Form to complete the on-campus seat belt check OR use the pencil and paper form to complete first seat belt check.  If you use the pencil and paper form you must upload that data manually here within 24 hours of the check.

Email completed Battle of the Belt Digital Scrapbook (by first Friday in April) documenting your work in MS PowerPoint, Word, or PDF format to Terrence.Love@tn.gov.

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Battle of the Belt Student Teams are encouraged to conduct creative, engaging, semester-long programing to improve seat belt use rates.  Social media (videos, images, twitter, etc.), email blasts, presentations, announcements, flyers, contests, etc. are also strongly encouraged.

If you have questions, please email Terrence Love at terrence.love@tn.gov or call 615-532-7778.

Past Winners Include:

Bledsoe County High School

Hixson High School

Memphis East High School

Science Hill High School ( New )

Summertown High School

Sullivan East High School

Unaka High School

Unicoi High School