Thank You, Vermont State Police!

Johnny Esau & Lt. Garry ScottThe Youth Safety Council of Vermont sends big ‘Thanks!’ to the Vermont State Police for their kind help in storing our Turn Off Texting golf cart trailer for the summer at their Williston facility. And we send special thanks to YSCVT board member Lt. Garry Scott!

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TOT Demo in progress.

Turn Off Texting at Champlain Valley Union High School

Turn Off Texting being presented by Bill Merrylees at Champlain Valley Union High School on Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

Autumn Turn Off Texting Demonstrations Now Being Scheduled!

A special message to Driver Educators, safety-minded community groups, and industries with professional drivers:

The Youth Safety Council of Vermont’s Turn Off Texting demonstration raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving by putting Vermont student drivers and safety-minded community members behind the wheel of a golf cart to navigate a course of cones while texting. It’s a unique, memorable and effective experience for participants, and the demonstration is provided free of charge through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the support of our program sponsors AT&T and 802 Cars. See photos of a TOT demo at https://www.yscvt.org/?p=352

Please feel welcome to schedule a demonstration at your school, event or site by visiting https://www.yscvt.org/?page_id=102 Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and are being scheduled for September through early November of 2014. An outdoor, paved surface of 50’ x 150’ is needed; the driving instructor must be present; and participants must have their Vermont Learner’s Permit or license. Approximately 12-15 students can experience the demonstration in an hour, and the demonstration can be at your school through the day, accommodating several classes.

To explore the program further, visit https://www.yscvt.org; Please call the Youth Safety Council of Vermont any time with questions, (802) 881-9050.

A Fantastic Theatrical PSA!

Governor Shumlin Signs Cell Phone Ban Into Law

WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Be The Driver You Want Your Teen To Be

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In Belgium: Students Thought This Was Real. And It Got ‘Real.’

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Turn Off Texting at UPS Customer Center in Barre

Presenter Johnny Esau brought the Turn Off Texting demonstration to the UPS Customer Center in Barre today, with professional drivers appreciating the experience. UPS has welcomed the TOT Demo to all of their Vermont centers this season; their dedication to safety is thorough and remarkable. The YSCVT sends special thanks to UPS CHSP Supervisors Dominick Iaconis and Kristine Struminsky.

VT Attorney General William Sorrell.

VT Attorney General Sorrell, AT&T Raise ‘Turn Off Texting’ Awareness at Hartford High School

The dangers of texting while driving are immense and real, but many drivers are unaware of the potential consequences of texting at the wheel. The Youth Safety Council of Vermont joined with AT&T and The Vermont Attorney General’s Office to help high school students in White River Junction better understand how critical their choices while driving can be.

On Wednesday, May 14, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell spoke to an assembly of about 250 Hartford High School students. They gathered to raise awareness of the potential outcomes of texting while driving: The harm or death of drivers, passengers and bystanders, as well as the legal consequences of breaking Vermont’s texting while driving law. The office of the Attorney General is dedicated to the protection of the health and safety of all Vermonters. Vermont State Police Trooper Richard Slusser and Owen Smith, AT&T Regional Vice President, External Affairs, each spoke as well, and news teams from Fox 44 and WPTZ stopped in to interview the speakers and students, too.

AT&T invites young drivers to pledge to not text and drive as part of their collaborative ‘It Can Wait’ campaign (www.ItCanWait.com). AT&T started the It Can Wait movement in 2010 with the goal of creating a social stigma around the dangerous habit of texting while driving. This successful effort to engage youth in a critical safety issue is now championed by all the major wireless providers. Drivers of all ages can also sign up at ItCanWait.com and access resources that will help them share their commitment on social media, and personalize the movement on the streets of their communities.

Students also viewed the documentary short film, ‘The Last Text,’ http://youtu.be/dht-Vy25jPs

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For more about Attorney General William Sorrell, see http://www.atg.state.vt.us/office-organization-information/about-the-attorney-general/attorney-general-william-h.-sorrell.php

(Members of the press and public are welcome to re-publish these photographs courtesy YSCVT)

Bill Merrylees

Bill Merrylees Joins YSCVT Staff

The Youth Safety Council of Vermont welcomes Bill Merrylees of East Montpelier to its staff. Bill will be presenting the Turn Off Texting demonstration to high schools and driver education programs across Vermont.

The Turn Off Texting demonstration raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving by putting students behind the wheel of a golf cart to navigate a course of cones while texting. It’s a unique, memorable and effective experience for participants, funded by a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and support from generous sponsors including AT&T and 802Cars.com.

Bill’s experience with directing substance prevention and health campaigns for youth, coordinating afterschool programs, and bicycle tour-leading and advocacy makes the Youth Safety Council especially glad to welcome him to our staff as a presenter and safety educator.