The York/Adams High School Seat Belt Challenge is going to be nearly twice as big this year.
After last year's inaugural friendly competition to get students from nine high schools to strap in, many more schools have signed up for this year's contest that now includes Adams County.
The York Area Highway Safety Council, with a sponsorship by State Farm Insurance, hopes to get students to buckle up while dangling the prize of a free photo booth for use at the school's prom or post-graduation event for the top winner. Mini-grants of $500 for schools to do traffic safety programs are also up for grabs.
According to the council, participating York County high schools include Central, Dallastown, Dover, Eastern, Northeastern, South Western, Spring Grove, Susquehannock, West York, York County School of Technology, and York Suburban. Central, Eastern, West York, and York Suburban are competing for the first time.
Last year, Spring Grove Area High School took top honors with the highest overall seat belt usage rate, while the York County School of Technology had the biggest percentage increase in usage. This year's winners will be announced in May.
Wayne Harper, the director for the York County Center of Traffic Safety, said seat belt usage in the baseline survey of the schools ranged from 48 percent to 93 percent this year.