Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety

Halifax County High School’s Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety club was honored last week for traffic safety programs.

A Halifax County High School club was among the 22 award winners recognized during the annual Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) awards ceremony held Sept. 29 for the first time virtually via Facebook Live.

Halifax County High School won the Occupant Protection Award in recognition of a school or club’s efforts to promote seat belts and occupant protection. It also received the Outstanding Club Recognition Award in honor of a club that continues to maintain the same high level of performance and best practices for peer-to-peer traffic safety programs.

“It is important to recognize our students, schools, youth group, and law enforcement for helping to save lives on Virginia’s highways,” said Mary King, YOVASO program manager. “Peer-to-peer programs are key to changing behavior and influencing safe drivers. We are proud and thankful for everyone’s dedication and hard work this past year to promote youth traffic safety.”

The YOVASO awards ceremony was made possible by a grant from State Farm and other private donations. Dave White, insurance agent with State Farm in Halifax County, joined YOVASO with honoring the schools, students, teachers and law enforcement from across Virginia who demonstrated exemplary efforts during the 2019-20 school year to encourage safe driving and passenger safety among teenagers.

YOVASO is Virginia’s peer-to-peer education and leadership program for teen driver and passenger safety. YOVASO is a program of the Virginia State Police and is funded by a grant from the Virginia DMV. Membership in YOVASO is free and open to all Virginia high schools, middle schools and youth groups. YOVASO currently has 78 active member schools.