Grayson High rewards students who wear seat belts

LOGANVILLE - Grayson High School kicked off National Teen Driver Safety Week by rewarding students for wearing seat belts as they left campus.

Members of the Students Against Destructive Decisions club and officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department's Motor Unit stopped teen drivers Monday after school and gave those who were wearing seat belts rewards including Chick-fil-A coupons and key chains.

"We're trying to encourage people to drive safe," said Carol Call, a sponsor of the SADD club. "(Nationally), we lose 6,000 students a year to car crashes, and 300,000 are seriously injured in car crashes."

Monday's "Click It or Ticket" campaign influences students to wear a seat belt, junior Taneesha Terry said.

Car crashes are the No. 1 killer of people aged 15 to 25.

"Teens die in car accidents a lot," said Terry, 16, the secretary of the SADD club. "It's good that they're saving their lives and making people in their cars wear a seat belt so we can bring down the death rate."

The school hosts "Click It or Ticket" campaigns twice a year, Call said. The next one will take place in the spring before prom.

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety awarded the club a $2,000 grant for the 2009-10 school year to help pay for such events.