Members of the Media and the local Community
Traffic Safety Team help with the kick off event.
The kick off and press conference for the Bay County Battle of the Belts was held recently at Arnold High School on Panama City Beach. Local media from channels 7 and 13 provided live coverage of the event during their one-hour morning shows.
The Battle of the Belts contest concluded when FHP Lt. Joe Tucker and Captain Bishop, Panama City Police Department, presented the top award for the highest increase in seat belt use to Bay County Deputy Andy Smith, the school resource officer for Bay High School. Bay High School students began the “battle” with a 45% seat belt usage rate, and ended with a 53% usage rate.
Lt Joe Tucker, Deputy Smith, and Captain Bishop
Lt. Joe Tucker presented another Battle of the Belts Award to Rutherford High School Principal Joe Bullock, for maintaining the highest percentage of seat belt compliance for the duration of the contests. Students at Rutherford High maintained a 64% usage rate during the campaign.
Chairman John Brooks, Bay County School Board, Principal Bullock,
Lt. Joe Tucker, and Bay County Superintendent, James McCallister.