Mattawan student earns state safety award

   MATTAWAN - Brooke Hinz, a junior at Mattawan High School, was recognized by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC) during the group’s annual awards presentation Wednesday, March 20, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. She received the GTSAC’s student honor for her efforts in developing a safety awareness campaign on the dangers of distracted driving.
   The GTSAC recognizes organizations, programs and individuals for outstanding involvement in traffic safety. The awards ceremony is part of the 24th Annual Michigan Traffic Safety Summit. Three long-term awards, five Outstanding Traffic Safety Achievement awards and one student award were presented.
   In 2018, Hinz participated in the Strive for a Safer Drive initiative. She helped lead a school campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Through guest speakers, posters, and driving simulators, the “Every Distraction Limits Reaction” campaign reached more than 1,200 students at Mattawan High School. A survey done before and after the campaign showed students and faculty had an increased awareness about the consequences of driving distracted.
   Hinz was nominated for the award by Michigan State Police (MSP) F/Lt. Angel Ouwinga.

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