Honda’s New Texting Ad

[youtube http://youtu.be/_WJThbomts0]
TOT demo at Williamstown High School.

First TOT Demo of the Season: Williamstown High School!

Our first Turn Off Texting demonstration of the spring season was held today at Williamstown High School with the students of Driver Education instructor Lisa Page. Deputy Sheriff Dan Bohnyak rode along and TOT presenter Johnny Esau introduced everyone to our newest YSCVT Turn Off Texting presenter, Bill Merrylees. Special thanks to the Northfield News for coming by to take photos! It was a great day to kick off our National Distracted Driving Month activities.

The ‘Manifesto” Video.

[youtube http://youtu.be/S_-6EoNhitg]

Just drive.

#justdrive

AT&T’s ‘The Last Text’ Documentary

[youtube http://youtu.be/dht-Vy25jPs]

Faces of Distracted Driving: Alex Brown, 17

[youtube http://youtu.be/VDKOiMSkLxY]

VT Health Department Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Texting While Driving is New Public Health Crisis

Listen to Tracy Dolan, Vermont’s Deputy Health Commissioner, discussing the threat of texting while driving that has been measured in Vermont’s latest Youth Risk Behavior Survey. It’s described as a ‘new public health crisis’ in this Vermont Public Radio interview, and the statistic is jaw-dropping: http://digital.vpr.net/post/texting-while-driving-now-public-health-threat

National Safety Council Distracted Driving Training Courses Offered in Montpelier

The Associated General Contractors of Vermont will be offering Distracted Driving trainings to the public on a number of dates (below). This is a four-hour classroom course designed to motivate participants to change their behind-the-wheel behaviors and attitudes. The AGC/VT has been designated by the National Safety Council as a Certified Training Center, the only one in Vermont. Attendees who complete this course will receive an NSC Student Handbook, an AGC/VT Fleet Handbook, and certificates of completion from NSC and AGC/VT. The course is taught by certified National Safety Council and AAA Northern New England instructors.

January 24, 8:00AM-Noon
AGC/VT Training Center, 1 Graves Street, Montpelier, Vermont
(The standard fee for this class is $99 per person but if you reference “Driver Safety” in your registration, this fee will be reduced to $60 per person). Register at http://www.agcvt.org or phone (802) 223-1809.

Other Distracted Driving Courses are being presented as well. All Classes begin at 8:00AM and end at noon:

Feb..10: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
Mar. 19: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
April 11: Rutland, The Holiday Inn
April 16: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
April 29: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
May 1: Williston, VT Home Builders, Commerce Ave.
May 15: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
June 11: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.
July 16: Montpelier, AGC/VT Training Ctr.

A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera: Don’t Text & Drive

Thank you Andrée-Anne Faucher for sharing this video from Montreal with us.

The Red Ribbon ceremony at the statehouse last night was a beautiful, powerful memorial to victims of impaired driving. With deep appreciation to the Dept. of Corrections: Amy Holloway, Director of Victim’s Services; Derek Miodownick, Exec. in charge of Restorative Community Justice; Commissioner Andy Pallito; Keith Flynn, Commissioner Dept. Public Safety; and the families of victims who all shared their experiences in such an illuminating and compassionate way. In the video The BarreTones perform one of three songs during the ceremony.