Students from the Cookeville High School T.E.S.T. Club organized a day to draw attention to teen traffic safety.
T.E.S.T. stands for Traffic Education Saves Teens and on Wednesday the club hosted a rally called Act Out Loud to help spread their message.
“Distracted driving affects you and it could affect others,” said T.E.S.T. Club co-president Nicole Anderson. “If I get a text I want to answer it but I have to be like, oh, okay, I know that is wrong.”
For the past 10 years, Putnam County has ranked in the top 10 for the most teen crashes in the state.
“Putnam County is in need of some teens to stand up, to do what is right and to drive safe,” said Cookeville Police Officer Anthony Leonard.
Leonard, who is an advisor to the T.E.S.T. Club, told Nashville's News 2 he believes the club is having a positive difference among teen drivers.
“I truly believe that peer to peer, they are listening and they want to make a difference. Our driving statistics didn't get bad overnight it has taken some time so it is going to take some time to get better,” he said.
In the meantime, the T.E.S.T. Club will continue talking about the dangers of distracted teen driving.
It is the only high school club in the state where peers are educating peers about the dangers of distracted driving.