In 2007, nearly 5,200 teenagers were killed in motor vehicle crashes.
This week at Dalton High School, students are walking past 5,200 red-and-black reminders of that grim statistic.
As part of Traffic Safety Week at Dalton High School, students on Monday placed 5,200 red-and-black Catamount paws on the front lawn of the school to commemorate each of those teens. The Dalton Police Department's traffic unit also helped by placing a wrecked car on the site, as a reminder to kids to think safety first when behind the wheel.
On Tuesday, during lunch periods, juniors and seniors spray-painted traffic safety messages on the grass along Waugh Street, such as reminders about not drinking and driving and seat belt safety.
Safety Week continues Wednesday afternoon at Dalton High School when representatives from Chick-fil-A will be on campus during afternoon release. They'll be looking for students wearing their seat belts as they leave campus. Students with their seat belts on will be given coupons for Chick-fil-A food.
On Thursday and Friday, the Dalton Police Department's Traffic Unit will be educating students about the dangers of drinking and driving.
As always, the Dalton Police Department reminds drivers of ALL ages to be careful behind the wheel. NEVER drink and drive, ALWAYS wear your seat belts, and obey all traffic laws.
Below: On Monday, 5,200 Cat Paws are placed on Dalton High's campus to represent teenagers killed in car crashes in 2007. On Tuesday, Dalton School Resource Officer Brandon Carter watches as Dalton High students paint traffic safety messages on campus (click for larger versions of each image).