During dismissal at Mt. Juliet High School on Friday, Sept. 18, a police-community team consisting of the Mt. Juliet Police Department, MJHS Criminal Justice Club and Chick-fil-A will be taking part in the Clickin’ 4 Chicken campaign. During this campaign, drivers and passengers leaving the high school will be rewarded for wearing a seat belt with free chicken coupon from Chick-fil-A.
Now that school is back in session, teens are hitting the road with greater frequency by heading to and from school, sporting events, extracurricular activities, part-time jobs and many other events that fill their social calendars. Unfortunately, too many teens are caught up in the hustle of it all and are not buckling up when they get behind the wheel or ride with others in a motor vehicle.
“We all know that those who do not buckle up and taking the ‘it will never happen to me’ attitude are putting themselves at great risk by not wearing a seat belt,” said Mt. Juliet Police Chief Andy Garrett. “But the truth is, fatal crashes can and do happen to anyone.” He added that as of Sept. 16, a total of 660 people have been killed statewide in wrecks on Tennessee roads.
Teens need to be reminded that whether they are driving across town or just down the street, wearing a seat belt is the best way to protect themselves and passengers from severe injury or even a fatality in the event of a motor vehicle crash.
“Wearing a seat belt doesn’t cost a thing, but not wearing it can cost someone their life,” Cpl. Tyler Chandler said.