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Fall 2017 Buckle Your Belt Classroom Contest

Teachers—win a free pizza party for your classroom to start off a great school year. It’s easy!

School is back in session and so is the William Mattar Buckle Your Belt Program! Our firm focuses on keeping New Yorkers safe on the road, and we want to reward those who make safety a priority. Each fall, we reward students with a chance to win a pizza party for taking the pledge to always wear a seat belt. While students take the pledge seriously, the also have fun celebrating seat belt safety.

It’s easy! Teachers—ask your students to pledge that they will buckle their seat belts every time they ride in a vehicle. When they agree, fill out the quick form below to enter your classroom in the drawing for a pizza party. We will be accepting entries from September 1-30.


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Why We Want You to Buckle Up

If you aren’t wearing a seat belt during a motor vehicle accident, the chance of serious injury may increase. Seat belts can help prevent drivers and passengers from being ejected from vehicles or thrown into the dashboards, windows, and windshields.

By buckling your seat belt, it may significantly lower the risk of getting hurt in an accident. Here are several seat belt safety tips to remember:

  • Always wear your seat belt—no matter what the road conditions are or how far you are traveling.
  • Inspect your seat belts regularly for wear and tear.
  • Seat belts are made to restrain only one person each—don’t try to “double-up.”
  • Seat belts are only effective when worn as intended.

So, please, buckle your belt. It can help save your life!

2017 Buckle Your Belt Classroom Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 William Mattar Buckle Your Belt Classroom Contest!

– Paul Nuchereno, South Buffalo Charter School, Buffalo
– Jennifer Fudella, Grabiarz School of Excellence, Buffalo
– Shana Webster, Buffalo United Charter School, Buffalo
– Matthew Fredrick, Falconer Central Schools, Falconer
– Laura Smith, Cheektowaga Central School, Cheektowaga
– Lynne Akin, Ben Franklin Elementary, Tonawanda
– Sunnie Ventry, Cataract Elementary School, Niagara Falls
– Mary Kiblin, Southside Elementary School, Buffalo
– Karen Nolan, Hamlin Park School #74, Buffalo
– Kristin Condino, BPS #45 International, Buffalo
– Victor Prisaznuk, Cleveland Hill Middle School, Cheektowaga

New York State Child Safety Restraint Law

New York State law requires all children under age four to be secured in a car seat and all children who have not reached their eighth birthday to be in a child restraint system. The type of car seat or restraint system required varies according to the child’s age and size. For guidelines on choosing the correct system for your child, as well as advice on installation and a list of permanent child safety seat fitting stations in the state, please visit the New York State DMV website.