Distracted driving PSA coming to a screen near you

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Coming to a television screen near you!

Governor Phil Scott alongside The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance announced the winners of its 2nd annual “#802PhonesDown!HeadsUp!” PSA competition.

The goal of the contest was for high school students to submit a twenty-five second PSA warning about the dangers of distracted driving.

The winner, 15 year-old Lawton Jones, got a check for $750 dollars, while also being featured on local television stations in Vermont, like Local 22/44 News.

He’s also taking home a deeper understanding of the seriousness of distracted driving.

“I just really wanted to find something that’s dramatic that would really touch people and make them feel like they need to make a change. After making this video I realized that texting and driving is a really big problem and we can’t ignore it. We have to try and raise awareness,” said Jones.

The focus is to bring attention to the seriousness of distracted driving.

“Working to get drivers to act responsibly behind the wheel isn’t easy but we all have a responsibility to do our part and to call on other to do the same,” said Governor Phil Scott.

In 2014 Vermont banned the use of handheld devices while driving, and while the state says the number of accidents involving distracted drivers is decreasing, we still have a long way to go.

“8% of 15 to 19 year-olds killed in crashes were caused by distracted driving,” said Scott.

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