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Students commit to keeping teen drivers safe


Today, West Iredell High School Junior Katie Thompson is hitting the road with her Driver's Education teacher.

She's training for her driver's license and learning to stay safe on the roads.

"Most teen deaths occur from driving," said School Resource Officer Dallas Hicks.

"The first year they get their license is the most dangerous year."

Factors which prompted Katie's mission to become a responsible driver and help other students do the same.

"I've grown up going with my dad as a first responder to calls and I've seen the effects of a lot of destructive decisions and I want to prevent people from having to feel that way and see that," said Katie.

What better way to approach teen driver safety than through a contest?

"If you go to and you register and make a pledge not to text and drive or use your phone and drive, it puts a vote toward our school," said Katie. 

"The winning schools get a grant and the top winning school gets a concert from Kelly Clarkson."

"Having something here at the school that pulls them in the right direction is great," added principal; Gordon Palmer.

While the concert would be considered by many as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, West Iredell students have set their goals on the money.

"Our hope for this is to start a driving education program that's goes beyond the driving education program we have here as an extra step," said Katie.

West Iredell and many area schools need help from the community for a chance to win a $100,000 grant and possibly that Kelly Clarkson concert.

You have to be 14 years or older to vote and the last day to pledge is October 26.


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