Simulating distracted driving

MVU tenth grader Benjamin Magnant takes the wheel of the Doron 550, a mobile driving simulator classroom.

The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance (VHSA) has announced the 2021 winners of its #802phonesdown!headsup! video contest with four being students at Center for Technology, Essex.

The VHSA’s third annual contest coincided with the National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and asked high school students to submit 25-second public service announcements that offer relatable perspectives and encourage other young drivers and their peers to avoid distracted driving.

A total of $3,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the creators of eight videos which were selected among the 49 entries. Prizes were sponsored by AT&T, Yankee Driving School, the Youth Safety Council of Vermont, Co-operative Insurance Companies, and Midstate Dodge, with support from the AAA Northern New England.

Second place, sponsored by AT&T, went to CTE’s Logan Allen. Carl Nelson and Nico Cruz teamed up to create the AT&T Sponsor’s Choice award winner, and Garret Davis received the Midstate Dodge Honorable Mention.

“Keeping Vermont’s roadways safe is a cause that’s near and dear to my heart,” said Vermont Gov. Phil Scott in a congratulatory video message. “Seeing you take an interest in this topic made me hopeful for our future. I also think it’s especially important these messages come from younger Vermonters. I’m sure you’ve had plenty of adults lecture you about how to be safe, but hearing it from your friends and peers carries a lot more weight.

“I hope you know that if your work keeps one person from being hurt, or saves just one life, it’ll all be worth it because that’s one more bright future we’ll have here in Vermont and one more chair filled at the dinner table.”

2nd Place – Logan Allen

AT&T Sponsor's Choice – Carl Nelson and Nico Cruz

Midstate Dodge Honorable Mention – Garret Davis

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