Texting behind the wheel a big push in teen safety contest
April 16, 2014, South Central, LA – The South Central Safe Community Partnership (SCSCP) joined forces with its local and state highway safety partners to celebrate the 1st National Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign, “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” which was officially launched this past week.
Safety partners were out educating young motorists about the dangers of texting and driving. Lt. Jody Ordeneaux Jr. of Gramercy Police Department shared that they utilized social media and Letter to the Editor column as means to get the message across.
Distracted driving is depicted largely in SCSCP’s recently concluded Capturing Safety Through the Lens: Teen Safety Driving Photo and Video Contest sponsored by State Farm. As part of this month’s campaign, the SCSCP has lined up three days to visit the respective schools who were picked as winners in order to officially award them their prizes, which include $250 cash for Grand Winners as well as trophies, bag of goodies and certificates.
Majority of the entries depicted about distracted driving habits and how young drivers creatively put together photo and video messages to promote against texting and driving.
The Grand Winner in Video category was filmed by Assumption High School Student Council members Claire Theriot, Claire Domingue and Cade Blanchard. First-runner up was earned by Central Lafourche High School Student Council members Patrick Zeringue, Taylor Kimball, Kylie Foret, Josie Whitlock and Hailey Hodson.
H.L. Bourgeois High School Yearbook club members Miranda Bergeron, Kassidi Blanchard and Katherine Dean submitted a photo that emerged as Grand Winner. An entry from Thibodaux High School Student Council members Bryce Messer and Klint Landry won First-runner Up.
The SCSCP also picked the “People’s Choice” Awardees for both categories as judged by all coalition members during the February 20th Judging Day. Award recipients are Thibodaux High School Student Council members Kalin Larousse, Peyton Chiasson, Jamie Granier, Bryce Messer and Klint Landry for video category. The Grand Winner in Photo category was also picked as People’s Choice.