By: WCTV Eyewitness News
May 12, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- In an effort to crack down on seat belt safety, the Tallahassee Police Department, Leon County Schools and Attorney Jim Messer of Fonvielle, Lewis, Messer and McConnaughhay, presented two local high schools with the 2017 "Battle of the Belts" award.
Leon High is this year's winner for highest percentage of students wearing seat belts and FAMU DRS is this year's winner for most improved.
Friday morning at 10 a.m., the law firm of Fonvielle, Lewis, Messer and McConnaughhay donated $1,000 to each school. Both checks were presented during the awards ceremony at FAMU DRS.
Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna was there.
For the last couple of months, TPD officers kept a close eye on students as they arrived and departed from school. TPD's Major Rod Young says that's how they determined the winners.
Major Young says the awards are a fun and effective way to get students to wear their seat belts.