CHICAGO (CBS) — Two suburban teenagers are wrapping up the school year with new cars, as part of a program designed to encourage safe driving habits.
WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, Operation Click operates in 30 schools in Illinois and Wisconsin. At the beginning of the year, students sign a contract to abide by safe driving practices and at the end, those who have fulfilled the terms, have a chance to win a car.READ MORE: RealTime Weather Alert: Wet And Windy Through Monday Morning, Flooding Possible
One of the latest winners, 17-year-old Allie Luczak of Marion Central High School in Woodstock, says Operation Click has made a difference.READ MORE: Man, Woman Shot In Vehicle On Kedzie Avenue In East Garfield Park, Go On To Crash In Humboldt Park With Child In Car
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“We’ve had a lot of bad injuries at our school; a lot of bad accidents,” Luczak said. “I think this program really helps a lot to keep people focused.”
Operation Click’s Sean McGrath says the biggest challenge with teen drivers these days is to keep them from texting while driving.
“The kids are taking their eyes off the road to look at the letters and numbers that they’re pushing in,” he said.
Operation Click is looking to expand into more schools next year.