Department of Highways, District 10
Seat Belt Usage Reminder Sign Installed At Estill County High School

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2007  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (May 16, 2007) – Drivers leaving the grounds of Estill County High School now have another reminder to wear their seat belts. The Kentucky Department of Highways today erected a sign at the school to deliver the “buckle up” message to student drivers, faculty and staff members, and visitors to the school.


As part of the Transportation Cabinet’s Drive Smart program, the reminder sign was placed at the exit to the ECHS campus near Irvine. The goal is to encourage students, parents and school employees to follow Kentucky law and use their seat belts.


Local officials and school personnel were invited to help unveil the sign. A short unveiling ceremony was held at 2 p.m. Student drivers heard a safety message from Transportation personnel and from Sharon Whitaker from Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine.


Working with District 10’s Drive Smart program, the Bluegrass Area Development District surveyed student seat belt usage at ECHS. The results showed a seat belt usage rate of 41 percent. This is below the statewide average of 68 percent and the average for all Estill County drivers of 53 percent. A followup survey will be done to determine if this program helps increase the number of students who “Drive Smart” and comply with state law by buckling up.


Similar signs have been erected at Hazard, Perry County Central, Buckhorn and Breathitt County high schools in the 10 counties that are part of District 10. The signs, done in school colors for each school, were funded by the Department of Transportation Safety and installed by District 10’s sign crew.