12 On Your Side: Operation Safe Drive teaches teens to take precautions

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, March 12, 2012

HARLEM, Ga. -- "Operation Safe Drive" made a stop at Harlem High School on Monday.

The state-granted program only makes it to 15 schools in Georgia each year. It teaches teens the importance of being safe drivers.

"I get numerous reactions; sometimes they will have tears in their eyes and shake our hands and say thank your for helping," said Master Patrol Officer Matt Baker with the Duluth Police Department.

He showed students what could happen to them if they were involved a rollover accident without their seat belts on.

Chris Overton, 18, drove a gold cart wearing fatal vision goggles. He knocked several cones over during his "intoxicated" drive.

"Yeah, that was a bit tough," he said.

The senior at Harlem High School admits he has texted while driving before.

"It definitely makes you think twice about texting or drinking and driving," he said.

Baker said even the smallest impact makes a difference.

"If we convinced one person, then it's worth it. We saved not only one life, but lives of their family and their friends," Baker said.

Teens are four times more likely to be in an accident than an adult. There is an even greater risk for those students who live in rural areas.


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