CICERO, N.Y. -- Teenagers competed in the Battle of the Belts Thursday as part of Teen Driver Safety Week. The competition was held next to Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
The event featured more than 50 teens showing off their seat belt skills.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers in the United States. Organizers say the goal is to promote safety through a fun exercise.
"You've just gotta keep reminding them if you're not buckled up with the graduated driver's license law now, you have to be with a certain age group and if they're not, there will be tickets issued later on down the road, so this is their opportunity to change their behavior," said Cicero Police Chief Joseph Snell.
Cicero police will also be conducting seatbelt checks outside the high school next week. They say it is only an educational opportunity. No tickets will be issued, only warnings.