Knowing what to do if you get pulled over by a cop can be the difference between life and death. After seeing so many news stories of stops gone wrong, some Clearwater teens wanted to do something to help.
Countryside High seniors Joey Ryan and William Kozak wanted to teach young drivers something they were never taught when they first got behind the wheel: what to do if you get pulled over. "People are getting hurt, things are happening, cops are getting hurt, so I thought it was something good that you should know," said Joey.
So they came up with the idea to create a video to show in driver's education class and they enlisted the help of their School Resource Officer, Catherine Long. "If I talk to them and tell them 'don't do this,' they don't really hear me, but they hear their peers."
And there's another reason Joey is so passionate about this project - he wants to be a police officer. "Just a miscommunication with the police and you can get injured or shot at and bad things can happen."
Officer Long is excited about the video. "If they help one kid out, it helps all of them and it makes this whole thing worth it."
The students hope to have this project done and ready to show the driver's ed students by the end of this week.
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