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March 24, 2003

ASHBURN - Turner County students got a crash course in safe driving today. Teenage drivers tried to navigate a set of cones with beer goggles on, simulating the effects of drunk driving. They also saw what happens in a rollover accident to the dummy who doesn't wear a seatbelt.

Turner County Sheriff Randy Kendrick decided to host Operation Drive Smart after two teens died in traffic accidents in the past six months.

"Loss of a young life touches everyone and is a tragedy," Chris Ward, father of Sandra Ward said. "We lost another one recently, it touches the whole community."

The Duluth Police Department in Gwinnett County started Operation Drive Smart in 1999 to cut down on teenage driving deaths. Since then they haven't had any. Turner is Georgia's tenth county to host the program.

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