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Challenge teaches high school students to buckle up

Scholars Academy student compete in Thomasville Police Department's seatbelt challenge Scholars Academy student compete in Thomasville Police Department's seatbelt challenge
Thomasville Police Department Lieutenant Donna Langston Thomasville Police Department Lieutenant Donna Langston
Scholar Academy student Tyler Knuckles Scholar Academy student Tyler Knuckles
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A little friendly competition between high school classmates is teaching them how easy it is to buckle up. 

Students at Scholars Academy participated in the Thomasville Police Department's safety seatbelt challenge today.

It may have been early in the morning, but these students were fully energized, competing against one another in a seatbelt safety challenge. 

Thomasville Police Department Lieutenant Donna Langston said, “It's just something fun and it gets them involved. It's an awesome project.”

Scholars Academy students split up into teams of four to test how fast they could buckle, unbuckle, and quickly change seats.

Tyler Knuckles was on the winning team and credits his strategy for their record 37 second time. 

Knuckles said, “The rip and tuck.  You just rip and spin and put the seatbelt on.” 

But all fun and games aside, the challenge was set up to teach students how simple it is to buckle up and ultimately stay alive. 

Lt. Langston said, “The leading cause for teenage fatalities is drivers and passengers unrestrained. That's one of the main reasons we are trying to educate our young ones.”

Nearly 180 drivers under the age of 20 died in 2012 because they weren't wearing their seatbelts. 

Knuckles said, “It's not something that's a hassle.  But it's something that you have to do.”

Thomasville Police will host another challenge Thursday at Scholars and Friday at Thomasville High School. 

Their goal is to have a competition between the city and county schools.  

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