Gulf High School Resource Officer Schambach and officers from the New Port Richey Police Department conducted a Seatbelt Safety check at Gulf High School on Tuesday morning to help remind students about the importance of always wearing their seatbelts.
Officer Schambach is the co-sponsor of Gulf’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club, which is currently involved in a “Battle of the Belts” competition with other high schools in Pasco. As part of the competition, schools are judged on public awareness of Seatbelt Safety.
A seatbelt safety check at the beginning of the school year found 50 students and parents without seat belts and were issued verbal warnings. According to the department’s Facebook page, this time only one person was found to not be wearing their seatbelt and was cited.”Obvious our message was received by our Gulf High community to go from 50 violations to one,” Schambach said, “our goal in this enforcement is not to write citations, rather it is to keep people safe.”
According to Florida’s “Click it or Ticket” program, Pasco County had 75 traffic related deaths last year where occupants were not wearing their seatbelts. “We are just trying to do what we can to save a few of those lives,” Schambach said.
by Jon Tietz