Final survey results have been announced for all six Crawford County high schools in the S.A.F.E. (Seatbelts Are for Everyone) program.



S.A.F.E. is student driven, with student committee members trained in taking seat belt surveys. The program consists of a baseline survey followed by the education phase and a second survey, then  an enforcement phase and the last survey.

Final survey results have been announced for all six Crawford County high schools in the S.A.F.E. (Seatbelts Are for Everyone) program.

S.A.F.E. is student driven, with student committee members trained in taking seat belt surveys. The program consists of a baseline survey followed by the education phase and a second survey, then  an enforcement phase and the last survey.

“This is our second year of S.A.F.E. and again we have seen an increase of students wearing their seatbelts,” said Crawford County Sheriff Sandy Horton.

Two grand prizes were awarded. Southeast High School, Cherokee, had the highest overall percentage of students wearing seatbelts, and St. Mary’s Colgan High School recorded the highest increase in students wearing seatbelts. Grand prizes for each school were two $250 VISA cards and four iPods.

Results for each school are as follows: Pittsburg, 75 percent usage in the initial survey and 80 percent in the final survey, an increase of 5 percent; Northeast, 72 percent in the initial survey and 77 percent in the final survey, an increase of 5 percent; Girard, 72 percent in the initial survey and 86 percent in the final survey, an increase of 14 percent; Southeast, 89 percent in the initial survey, 96 percent in the final survey, an increase of 7 percent; Frontenac, 72 percent in the initial survey and 71 percent in the final survey, a decrease of 1 percent; and St. Mary’s Colgan, 72 percent in the initial survey and 88 percent in the final survey, an increase of 16 percent.

In all schools combined there was 75 percent in the initial survey, 83 percent in the final survey for an 8 percent increase.

Last year’s results for all schools combined were 67 percent in the initial survey and 83 percent in the final survey for a 16 percent increase.

Last year’s results were 306 additional students traveling safer by the end of the program, and this year was 150 additional students.

“All of us involved are very proud of our students and hope their efforts to buckle up and arrive alive continue,” Horton said.
S.A.F.E. sponsors this year were the Kansas Department of Transportation, Crawford County Law Enforcement Officers,

AAA Kansas Traffic Safety Fund, Labette Bank, Farm Bureau, Marrone’s Inc., Via Christi Hospital and Girard Medical Center.

Anyone wishing to learn more about S.A.F.E. may visit www.crawfordcosheriff.com and click on the news section.