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By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Area students help in WYDOT 'Buckle Up' campaign


March 3, 2016


Worland High School is part of the WYDOT "Buckle Up" campaign, which is to help people remember to buckle their seat belts every time that they get into the vehicle. WHS students selected for the campaign are (l-r): Kyle Lamb, Hannah McEndree, Jaycee Paige, Katelin Scheuerman and Ivan Perez.

WORLAND – Worland, Burlington and Greybull high school students are participating in the Wyoming Department of Transportation's (WYDOT) "Buckle Up" campaign this year. The campaign is aimed at young people in the hopes of helping them save their own and their friend's lives.

"It's aimed at young people, trying to have peers talk to peers," WYDOT Public Relations Specialist Cody Beers said. "I think it's better than having the government talking to people, because 'we're the government and we are here to help you,' doesn't work," he added.

"It's a simple decision every time you climb behind the wheel, or when you're a passenger, front seat or back seat. Buckle up! This campaign is aimed at our young people, but it applies to all drivers. For many of us, the single-most dangerous thing we will do on any given day is climbing in vehicles and driving somewhere," Beers said.

Participating schools receive funding from Federal Highway dollars to participate in the program. "Basically we pay them for the privilege of being in our campaign and then they hang banners up in their school and pass posters around the community. You have to get a school that is willing to participate, and so you have to explain to them that we are going to provide you with some funds that you can use at your discretion, that you can use for whatever you want to use it for. We need you to hang these banners and posters around the community and we are going to use your young people, some of your best young people to promote a positive message," Beers said.

The students who were chosen for the posters, were chosen for a variety of reasons, but they all have one thing in common: participation in extracurricular activities. "I chose a group of young people that work hard, try hard and do good things," Greybull Principal Ty Flock said.

WYDOT would like to bring the campaign to all the high schools in the state, with Beers being responsible for the Big Horn Basin and Fremont County. "We are trying to get it into all the high schools in the Big Horn Basin so this year we added Burlington and Rocky Mountain but I've only got enough money to do eight high schools a year," Beers said.


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