Cookeville High School's 2nd Annual Safe Driving Rally
The Cookeville High School T.E.S.T (Traffic Education Saves Teens) Club, a chapter of SADD hosted their 2nd annual Act Out Loud Safe Driving Rally at Cookeville High School April 23, from 1-5 p.m. This safe driving rally highlighted vendors and activities promoting safe driving among teens. The morning started off with a MOCK DUI program from 8:15 until 11 am for all Putnam County seniors (including neighboring high schools Monterey High and Upperman High). The students were able to see a Mock crash site including Life Force. After the Mock DUI, all seniors reported to the airport strip adjacent to the school for the rally. The safe driving rally was open from 11-3 for seniors and freshmen. It was also open to the public from 3-5 p.m. Activities were free of charge.
Last year the TEST Club clenched the grand prize from National Organization for Youth Safety (NOYS) and Allstate for their video submission of their safe driving rally. The group was awarded ten thousand dollars and the national title.
This year the rally is focusing on the importance of seatbelt use. Their 2014 safe driving rally theme is "Wear it. Every ride. Every time." The club is featuring two live performances by Judah & The Lion. Also on hand will be vendors such as: Allstate, Verizon, TTU, First National Bank, WCTE TV, Power of Putnam, and many more. Activities included: two extrication demonstrations, THP Roll Over simulator, Fatal Vision Goggles Corn hole and Golf Course, No Zone Truck, Tricycle Texting, and many more.
Special Rally speeches from: Megan Buell from Governor Highway Safety Office (GHSO), Jerry Boyd (Director of Putnam Schools), Allstate representative, Kerri Hunt and NOYS representative from Washington D.C. Karen Patti. The rally will kick off at 1 p.m. with honored guests, Putnam County Seniors from: Upperman High, Monterey High, Cookeville High School as well as freshman from Cookeville High.