OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Flashing blue lights and police greeted the young drivers at Ocean Springs High at 7a.m. Friday morning.
"It is the element of surprise, I guess," Sgt. Calvin Robertson said.
Sgt. Robertson said he saw that surprise and a little nervousness on the students' faces. He pointed out that no one was in trouble, the police department just wanted to make sure young people are driving secured, sober, and smart.
"We are going into the holiday weekend, and we are trying to raise awareness wearing a safety belt, and not using alcohol, not drinking and driving, especially at their age."
Police officer Alfred Parker worked the school safety blitz to get out a simple message that forgetting the seatbelt can be a deadly mistake.
"That's all you have to do is watch the news, or read the paper every night to see where someone gets hurt or a fatality," Parker said.
Students not buckled up or without proper paperwork received warnings for the future. Those following the rules earned rewards like a free t-shirt and key chain. Hopefully, they'll also serve as reminders to keep up the good work.
The Ocean Springs Police Department received more than $20,000 in grant money to sponsor the safe driving program.