Get Buckled Greenville!
We look forward to getting to know you here on the new Get Buckled Greenville Community Channel. We will be posting news,events and resources about this challenging problem in our communities.
Bike to Work Week - May 19 - 25
May 19 - 25 is National Bike to Work Week - Read more here
May is Motorcycle Safety Month
With warmer temperatures and sunny skies many will be taking to the highways on motorcycles. May is National Motorcycle Safety Month - be sure and keep safety in mind when riding this spring - read more here.
The Committee for Responsible Driving - Get Buckled Committee
The Committee for Responsible Driving - Get Buckled a subcommittee formed from the Greenville County Safe Communities Coalition in response to concerns with traffic safety issues in Greenville County, with an emphasis on vehicle restraints.
The Committee for Responsible Driving - Get Buckled meets on a monthly basis to discuss activities, initiatives and other methods that will address the traffic related concerns that are presented to GCSC Coalition.
Some of the activities of the CRD Committee have been: Seat Belt Surveys in High Schools, County-Wide Seat Belt Surveys, Development of Get Buckled Logo and Slogan, Participation with Local Community Educational Events, and Get Buckled Day (Seat Belt Safety Awareness).
The CRD Committee is open to all GCSC Coalition members and community individuals who have a desire to work towards increasing traffic safety awareness, decrease traffic related injuries and fatalities, and in assisting to educated the community to be safer vehicle drivers, passengers and pedestrians when using our roadways.
Parent's share last text of son before fatal collision
Parents of teen who lost his life while texting and driving are sharing the picture of his last text before the tragedy ended his young life. Read more here
New Ride Smart Drive Smart
New Campaign from the SC Department of Public Safety concerning Motorcycle safety - Read more here
RH Patterson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
Announcement for 2013
The Roger H. Patterson Sr. Memorial Scholarship regrets to announce that we will be unable to offer a scholarship for the 2013 year due to lack of funds. We are hopeful to be able to offer a scholarship in 2014 - please check back to this website for updates.
Also, if you would like to help us to continue offering scholarship to Greenville County Students please consider a donation to the Roger H. Patterson Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Simple send payment to: Roger H. Patterson Sr. Memorial Scholarship, 200 Mills Avenue, Greenville, SC 29605
2012 Roger H. Patterson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Winner Announced -The Roger H. Patterson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship Committee has selected the 2012 Scholarship recipient: Malynda Irene Coffman, graduate of Riverside High school. She plans to begin her studies in medicine at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C. She was selected from 32 scholarship applicants.
On behalf of the Roger H. Patterson Memorial Scholarship Committee: thank you to each and every individual that contributed to the Roger H. Patterson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.
Help us continue to assist alcohol and drug free youth in attaining their goals by continuing their education. Give to the Roger H. Patterson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Crash Test Video
Watch this new video from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety which demonstrates how they determine the safety of vehicles during crashes. Watch Here
College Drinking Prevention- Change the Culture
Here is a new site that addresses alcohol issues at our colleges. 1,825 college age students (Ages 18-24) died from alcohol related incidents and 599,000 received unintentional injuries - read more about effects of alcohol and why this age group is at such high risk Read more here
New Pedestrian Safety Campaign
SC Department of Public Safety's new campaign encourages all pedestrians to make sure they are seen by wearing light or reflective clothing. Greenville County lost 14 pedestrians in traffic fatalities in 2012 according to the Greenville County Coroner's Office. "Be Seen, Not Sorry"
Crash Car Made of Bodies
See how many bodies you can find in the picture below! That's right - it's a crashed car made from human bodies - read about this unique project below.
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How Seat Belts & Drinking Laws Saved Lives
Read the latest report from NHTSA concerning Seat Belts and laws against underage drinking laws have saved lives. Read more here.
Report Drunk Drivers
New Billboard from South Carolina Department of Public Safety to assist drivers when drivers under the influence of alcohol and or drugs are seen. Simply call - *47. http://scdps.org/Billboard%20-%20Final.pdf
Safe Kids Upstate
Read about traffic safety programs offered at Safe Kids Upstate - click here for site
New Traffic Safety Information
Read new updates and traffic safety information from the National Traffic Safety Administration - Such topics as Motorcycle Helmet Safety - Distractive Driving - Seat Belts, and More - Read more here
National Transportation Safety Board
Read and compare traffic safety statistics and information to other areas of safety concern at the NTSB site - click here
S.C. Child Passenger Safety Law
Here is the South Carolina Child Passenger Safety Seat Law Summary:
Synopsis of law:
South Carolina’s child passenger restraint law requires that:
§ Children from birth to 1 year old, or who weigh less than 20 pounds, must be secured in a rear-facing child safety seat.
§ Children 1 through 5 years old weighing at least 20 pounds and less than 40 pounds must be restrained in a forward-facing child seat.
§ Children 1 through 5 years old weighing 40 to 80 pounds must be secured in a belt-positioning booster seat.
§ Children under the age of 6 are not required to be in booster seats if they weigh more than 80 pounds or if they can sit with their backs against the car's seat and bend their legs over the seat edge without slouching.
§ Children under 6 may not sit in the front passenger seat. However, this restriction does not apply if the vehicle has no rear passenger seats or if all other rear passenger seats are occupied by children less than 6 years old.
Violators are subject to a $150 fine. This law does not apply to taxis, church, school and day care buses, or commercial vehicles.
South Carolina Seat Belt Law
South Carolina Safety Belt Law requires that every driver and every occupant of a motor vehicle,when it is being operated on public streets or highways in this State must wear a fastened safety belt. The driver is charged with the responsibility of requiring every occupant 17 years of age or younger to wear a safety belt or be secured in a child restraint system. However, a driver is not responsible for an occupant 17 years of age or younger who has a driver's license, special restricted license,or beginners permit and who is not wearing a seat restraint. SCDPS Seat Belt Law Flier.
Sección 56-5-6520. Cuando un vehículo motorizado Esté transitando en las calles y carreteras públicas de este estado, el conductor y todos Los pasajeros de el vehículo deben usar un cinturón de seguridad bien Justado, el cual debe cumplir con los requerim-ientos federales para su uso. El conductor tiene la Responsabilidad pedirle a cada pasajero de 17 años de edad o menor, que use el cinturón de seguridad y asegurarse de que los niños usen un porta bebés adecuadamente instalado. Sin embargo, el conductor no es responsable por un pasajero de 17 años de edad o menor si este tiene una licencia de conducir o permisote principiante y no lleva puesto el cinturón de seguridad: el pasajero que cometa la infracciónse le sancionará de acuerdo a la sección 56-5-6540
Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe! – Traffic Safety Campaign
New Traffic Safety Campaign - Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe! – Traffic Safety Campaign
Funding - Grants, Awards & Scholarships
- Peace First Prize: The Prize will recognize young people between the ages of 8-22 for their compassion, courage and ability to create collaborative change. Through a two-year $50,000 Peace First Fellowship we will invest in their leadership as peacemakers and share their stories with the nation: Click here for more information
Teen Traffic Resource
Please find below: Teen traffic safety resource submitted by Jefferston District Library located in Hamer, Idaho. The resource is submitted by the Junior Librian - Molly.
Valley Charter School Senior Health Class
The Senior Health Class with Valley Charter School conducted a research project concerning Distracted Driving for their student body. Below is a list of resources provided by the students involved on this project: