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While you're on the road in Rock Island, someone may be watching you.

A group of students from Rock Island High School have been out observing drivers on 25th Avenue. On the morning of Dec. 5, they counted 161 cars drive by and 85 of them had drivers who were not wearing seatbelts. They were back out Thursday morning. Summer Cook of the R.I.H.S. Key Club says their mission is to use the secret surveys to improve driver safety.

"We have people sitting in cars, watching who had their seat belts on and who was texting while driving and we also have offered to get kids to sign an agreement that they won't text while driving or won't drink and drive," Cook said.

Students who sign the agreement are eligible for raffle prizes -- like gift cards. It's an effort by the club to get students and the community to think about safety. Cook says they plan an even bigger push, offering t-shirts and putting up posters after the holiday break.

The school also received a $2,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to help spread the safety message to school groups and the community.