As of Thursday, January 5, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SUWANEE -- By giving students a keepsake coin to put in their pockets, local police officers hope to send a lasting message to teenage drivers.
North Gwinnett High School is one of 15 schools statewide taking part in the Operation Drive Smart Senior Challenge, a program that encourages students to "just drive."
Lt. Bill Stevens with the Duluth Police Department said program volunteers are asking students to sign a pledge that they'll avoid distractions while at the wheel. The students will then receive a "challenge chip" to keep.
"It's something to put in their pocket," Stevens said. "It's a gentle reminder to pay attention to their driving."
Duluth Police are partnering with Suwanee Police as a part of the program, which encourages all 637 students at North Gwinnett High School to use caution.
"If we get all these kids encouraging each other to be safe, that's good for everyone," Stevens said. "Writing tickets alone cannot save students from being distracted while driving. This is a good program that we hope will remain with them when they get behind the wheel."
A kick-off event for the initiative begins Monday at North Gwinnett High School.