Rock Valley, Iowa — Several weeks ago we told you about a cooperative effort between the Iowa State Patrol, AAA Iowa, and Casey’s General Stores to get high school students to wear their seat belts. The campaign called, “I Got Caught” rewards teen drivers for buckling up behind the wheel.
Public Resource Officer Vince Kurtz, of the Iowa State Patrol, appeared on the KIWA Morning Show Tuesday morning, and explained how the program works.
Trooper Kurtz says that, presently there are 9 school districts in our area that have chosen to participate in the program.
Kurtz says troopers made their first “I Got Caught” visit to an area school Monday morning.
He says the demeanor of the students changed rapidly once they found out why they were being contacted by troopers.
Kurtz says that, while the administration knows when the troopers are coming to their school, the students do not get advance notice. And, he says, despite the fact that the students at Netherlands Reformed Christian High School didn’t know the troopers would be there checking, approximately 95% of the school’s students were buckled up.